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Application Process

To apply for school, all families must fulfil 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 12, 2018 for the 2018-19 enrollment process.     

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

October 14, 2017

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

January 12, 2018

Last day to submit an application for the 2018-19 school year.

March 16, 2018
Offers mailed to students who applied by January 12, 2018.

March 19-23 and April 2-6, 2018

Register at school to accept March 16 offer.


  • Application deadlines for: Lowell High School: December 15, 2017; Ruth Asawa School of the Arts: December 7, 2017.
  • Families who missed the January 12 deadline and submit an application by April 6, 2018 will have an offer mailed to them on May 18, 2018. To accept this offer, families should register at the school May 21-June 1, 2018. Families who received offers on March 16 can also participate in this process as long as they submit an application by April 6.
  • Families who missed the April 6 deadline, can get assigned to schools with openings by visiting the Educational Placement Center (EPC) between June 27- August 31, 2018.

  • Students who wish to attend schools that don’t have any opening can submit a wait pool request, and EPC will check periodically to see if any seats are available in these schools. If seats open, EPC will conduct a wait pool run to fill those openings.

Wait Pool Dates

  • Offers will be mailed June 20, 2018 to families who submitted a wait pool request by June 1, 2018.
  • Offers will be mailed August 31, 2018 to families who submitted a wait pool request by August 17, 2018.

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, 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 2018-19 school year.

When is the best time to submit an application for the 2018-19 enrollment process?
For the best chances for your schools of choice, apply by January 12, 2018.
Offers will be mailed to students on March 16, 2018.    

What if I don’t like the school assigned to me?
After you have received a school offer on March 16, 2018, 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 6, 2018. 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 the April 6 deadline?
Families who missed the April 6 deadline, can get assigned to schools with openings by visiting the Educational Placement Center (EPC) between June 27- August 31, 2018.  During this period, any student may be assigned immediately into a school with openings that does 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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