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Middle School Feeders

For the 2017-18 school year, the Board of Education has decided to continue with the current practice for middle school enrollment. Due to a statewide teacher shortage and middle school buildings at capacity, students in fifth grade this year will not receive an automatic assignment for 6th grade. They can still apply to their middle school feeder and, as in the prior school year, they will receive priority.

Applicants should submit their enrollment applications by Jan. 13, 2017 and list as many school choices as they like, including the middle school feeder if desired. The pre-printed application can be submitted at the student's current school by Jan. 13, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child is in 5th grade now. Will he receive an automatic assignment to his middle school feeder?

Students will not receive an automatic assignment for 6th grade into the middle school feeder. The parents must submit an enrollment application by January 13 and list as many school choices as they like, including the middle school feeder if it is a choice.

Why will students not be given an automatic assignment into the middle school feeder?

Due to current district challenges, including staffing shortages and school buildings at capacity, the Board of Education has decided to pause the middle school feeder plan for the 2017-18 enrollment year.

How do I apply for a middle school assignment?

At the end of October, a pre-printed enrollment application will be mailed to 5th grade SFUSD students who are enrolled in a K-5 school. Parents can submit the pre-printed application at their child’s current school by January 13, 2017.

If I do not receive an automatic assignment to the middle school feeder, what kind of preference will my child have if it is one of our choices?

A middle school feeder tie-breaker will be granted if the middle school feeder is listed, no matter where the school is ranked on the application form. Students from the elementary feeders requesting the middle school will have a preference after younger siblings as spaces are available. This includes preferences over other students who are enrolled in other K-5 schools that do not feed into the middle school.

May I apply for other middle schools that are not my feeder?

Yes, any number of schools and programs may be listed, including the middle school feeder, in the order of preference.

Am I required to list my middle school feeder?

No, there is no requirement to list the feeder. However, if it is a viable option, it should be listed since the student will receive a preference to the feeder over non-feeder students. Students will not have the same preference for other middle schools and programs. The feeder school can be listed and ranked in the order of preference.

Will there be a seat at our middle school feeder for my child who is enrolled in an elementary school Biliteracy or Dual Language Immersion program?

If the Secondary Dual Language Program (SDLP) is offered at the middle school feeder, then your child may apply for either the General Education, the SDLP program, or both, listed in the order of preference. Your child will receive a middle school tie-breaker for both programs and will be assigned as seats are available. See the enrollment application or the Enrollment Guide for the programs offered at each middle school.

Can my child who is currently enrolled in a language program apply for a seat in SDLP at another school, and will he/she receive a preference into that program?

Your child may apply for any other school or program, but will receive a middle school preference only to the middle school feeder. They may, however, receive a pathway preference into a non-feeder school over other students who are applying but not currently enrolled in the pathway.

My child is not enrolled in a Biliteracy or DLI program but plans to apply for an SDLP in middle school. What should I do?

Students who are not enrolled in a language program, but would like to request placement, must meet eligibility requirements in the target language. Once you have submitted an enrollment application listing an SDLP, then you should make an appointment for a language assessment with the Educational Placement Center. If your child demonstrates the appropriate proficiency in the target language, they will be included in the pool of applicants for placement. If not, then the SDLP choice will be removed and you will have an opportunity to submit a revised list of school choices.

Where can I find more information?

You can speak with a placement counselor from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. any weekday at the Educational Placement Center, located at 655 De Haro Street from Nov. through Dec. 16, or at 555 Franklin Street after Dec. 20.

The district will also be holding informational meetings regarding the elementary to middle school assignment process in November and December:

  • Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at James Lick Middle School, 1220 Noe Street (sessions will be in English and Spanish)
  • Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 350 Girard Street (sessions will be in English, Spanish and Cantonese)
  • Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 460 Arguello Blvd. (sessions will be in English and Cantonese)

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