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There are 14 high schools in SFUSD. High schools do not have an attendance area like the elementary schools do. All high schools are city-wide schools. There is also no high school feeder system. You may list as many high 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 a particular high school.

What is a tiebreaker?

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 tiebreaker are always assigned before requests with multiple lower ranked tiebreakers. Tiebreakers are not used for students applying to Lowell High School or Ruth Asawa San Francisco School ofthe Arts (SOTA). Lowell High School uses academic admissioncriteria, and Ruth Asawa SOTA has an auditionprocess.

High School Tiebreakers

Students will be assigned to their highest ranked request as long as there is space at the school. If there are more students applying than there are openings at a school, choice assignments will be made by looking to all the possible combinations of tiebreakers in the following hierarchical order:

1
Sibling 
A younger sibling of a student who is enrolled in and will be attending the school.
2
Willie Brown Middle School
Students applying to 9th grade who attended Willie Brown Middle School in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. This applies to all high schools requested except Lowell and Ruth Asawa SOTA, which have a different enrollment policy.
3
Test Score Area (CTIP1)
Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
4
No tiebreakers
Students who do not have a tiebreaker.

If these tiebreakers do not resolve ties, then ties will be resolved by random lottery.

High School Language Pathway Tiebreakers

If you are applying for a city-wide program that has eligibility requirements, first the student must meet the eligibility requirements. Then we use the tiebreakers.

1
Language Pathway Sibling
Students who are enrolled in and want to continue in a multilingual language pathway; and they have an older sibling who is enrolled in and will be attending the same program.
2
Language Pathway
Students who are enrolled in and want to continue in a multilingual language pathway
3
Sibling
A younger sibling of a student who is enrolled in and will be attending the school.
4
Willie Brown Middle School 
Students applying to 9th grade who attended Willie Brown Middle School in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. This applies to all high schools requested except Lowell and Ruth Asawa SOTA,which have a different enrollment policy.
5
Test Score Area (CTIP1)
Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
6
No tiebreakers
Students who do not have a tiebreaker.

If these tiebreakers do not resolve ties, then ties will be resolved by random lottery.

Applying to Lowell or SOTA?

Lowell High School and Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) are the only two high schools with additional application requirements. Below are the specialized sections with information you need to know if you are applying to these two high schools:

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