Skip Navigation  

Apply for Elementary School

There are two types of elementary schools: attendance area and city-wide. You can apply to any of the 72 elementary schools in the city, be it an attendance area school or city-wide school, and you can list as many schools as you like. If there is not enough space on the application, you can attach an Additional School Choices Form. List your school choices in the order of your preference.

There is no guarantee that a student will be assigned to his/her attendance area school.

Elementary to Middle School Feeder

It will be important for parents to be aware of the middle school feeder when choosing an elementary school. 5th grade students will receive a high priority to an assignment into their designated middle school feeder. The preference to middle school is based on where they attend elementary school.

Attendance Area Elementary School

Attendance areas are geographic borders around most elementary schools. There are no attendance areas for K-5 language immersion schools, K-8 schools, middle or high schools. Attendance areas help students get assigned to their nearby elementary school if requested. Students are not required to attend their elementary attendance area school, and there is no guarantee that students will be placed at their elementary attendance area school.

City-Wide Schools and Programs

City-Wide means there is no attendance area, and therefore no attendance area tiebreaker. These schools and programs include high schools, middle schools, K-8 schools, language immersion schools and programs, newcomer schools and programs, and the SF Public Montessori School. City-Wide programs are at a limited number of schools, and have different enrollment capacity.

What is a tie-breaker?

Tiebreakers are preferences used to place students in their requested school when the number of requests for that school is greater than the number of spaces available. Random numbers will be used for school assignments
if tiebreakers do not resolve ties, or if there are no tiebreakers. Requests may qualify for more than one tiebreaker. In that case, requests with the highest
ranked preference are always assigned before requests with multiple lower ranked tiebreakers.

Elementary Attendance Area School Tiebreakers

1
Sibling
Applicant has an older sibling enrolled in and will be attending the school.
2
PreK/TK Attendance Area
Applicant for Kindergarten and attends PreK or TK at the requested school and lives in the attendance area of the requested school.
3
Test Score Area (CTIP1)
Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
4
Attendance Area
Students who live in the attendance area of the requested school.
5
No tie-breakers
Students who do not have a tie-breaker.

Assignments are made to a requested school by looking to all the possible combinations of tie-breakers in hierarchical order. For example, a request with sibling, SFUSD PreK, and low test score area tie-breakers will be ranked higher than a request with only a sibling tie-breaker. Higher-ranked tie-breakers always trump any combination of lower ranked tie-breakers. For example, a request with a sibling tie-breaker is ranked higher than a request with a SFUSD PreK and low test score area tie-breaker.

If these tie-breakers do not resolve ties, then ties will be resolved by random lottery.

Elementary City-Wide School Tiebreakers

1
Sibling
Applicant has an older sibling enrolled in and will be attending the requested school.
2
PreK/TK
Applicant for Kindergarten attends SFUSD PreK or TK at the requested city-wide school.
3
Test Score Area
Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
4
No tie-breakers
Students who do not have a tie-breaker.

If these tie-breakers do not resolve ties, then ties will be resolved by random lottery.

City-Wide Language Pathways Tiebreakers

If you’re applying for a city-wide languagthe pathway that has eligibility requirements, first the student must meet the eligibility requirements.  Then we use the tiebreakers.  

1
Language Pathway Sibling
Applicant enrolled in language pathway and has an older sibling enrolled in the same language pathway and will be attending the school.
2
Language Pathway
Applicant currently enrolled in language pathway.
3
Siblings
Applicant has an older sibling enrolled in and will be attending the school.
4
PreK/TK
Applicant for Kindergarten attends SFUSD preK or TK program at the city-wide school and requests city-wide school or language pathway.
5
Test Score Area
Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
6
No tie-breakers
Students who do not have a tie-breaker.

If these tie-breakers do not resolve ties, then ties will be resolved by random lottery.

Great things are happening for our kids in San Francisco public schools.