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The Assignment Process

The student placement policy is designed to support the Board’s mission of providing each student with an equal opportunity to succeed. Our vision for student success is that every student who enrolls in our schools will graduate from high school ready for college and careers and equipped with the skills, capacities, and dispositions necessary for 21st century success.  

Students are assigned to schools through a choice process designed to provide equitable access to the range of opportunities available in San Francisco’s public schools. Students are placed in their highest ranked request as long as there are openings. If there are more requests for a school than openings, the student placement process uses a series of preferences, known as tie-breakers, to assign students to one of their requested schools.  

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Read the fact sheet on how the student assignment computer program works:

Students who do not get assigned to a requested school because of space limitations are offered a school through a designation process which considers geographical distance.    

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