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Application Process

To apply for school, all families must fulfill the SFUSD residency requirements. Once you have decided on a list of schools to apply for (go to the How to Find a School/Program page if you need help finding a school), you can begin filling out the application form. The parent or legal guardian of the student will need to bring the required documents to submit the application in person to the Educational Placement Center.

The application deadline is January 11, 2019, for the 2019-20 enrollment process.     

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Children starting Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten must meet certain age requirements.  

October 13, 2018

Enrollment Fair (9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St.) Applications available.

December 14, 2018

9th Grade Lowell Application Deadline.

January 11, 2019
Last day to submit an application for the 2019-20 school year.

January 16, 2019

SOTA Application Packet due for February Audition.

Week of March 18, 2019

Families who applied by January 11 receive their offer letters by mail.

March 18-22 & April 1-5, 2019

Register at school to accept your March Placement Offer.

The student assignment process and the wait pool process are done by computer using our student assignment algorithm. If a school has more applicants than open spaces, an assignment is determined by a series of tie-breakers.

Things you need to know if you:

Read more historical information about assignments for previous years.

Enrollment Workshops

Discovery Workshops guide you through the application and enrollment process for children starting Kindergarten, students new to SFUSD, and students who will be moving into middle and high school. Staff from the Educational Placement Center are available at each of these enrollment workshops to provide important information about key dates; clarify the placement policy, application, and enrollment processes; and collect enrollment applications. School guides, enrollment applications, and other supporting documents will be available at all workshops in English, Spanish, and Chinese. You will have an opportunity to ask your questions about the process. Translation services will be provided.

Application Collection Sites

For your convenience, the satellite collection sites have been established to collect completed applications from families. At these satellite collection sites, you can turn in your enrollment application and all your documents.

Learn more about the SFUSD enrollment process and schools

View our General Enrollment Workshop presentation and our new enrollment guide for the 2019-20 school year.

When is the best time to submit an application for the 2019-20 enrollment process?
For the best chances for your schools of choice, apply by January 11, 2019. Families who applied by January 11, 2019, will receive school offer letters in the week of March 18, 2019.      

What if I don’t like the school assigned to me?
After you have received a school offer in the week of March 18, 2019, you can still choose to participate in the process to try for an assignment to a higher choice school by submitting an application by April 5, 2019. As long as you have registered at your assigned school, you will still keep that spot unless you get a higher choice school assignment.  There will also be a wait pool process for the schools that are full. Families may submit a wait pool request for one school and their child’s name will be added to that particular school’s wait pool.  If space becomes available, a computer assignment run will be done and the wait pool participants will be notified on the specified date. 

What if I missed the April 5, 2019 deadline?
Families who missed the April 5, 2019 deadline, can get assigned to schools with openings by visiting the Educational Placement Center (EPC) between June 26- August 30, 2019.  During this period, any student may be assigned immediately into a school with openings that do not have any wait pool requests pending.  Students who receive an assignment during this period may still opt to submit a wait pool request as long as the request is submitted by the specified deadline. 

Print out the enrollment application and other forms in the Application Forms section.

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