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Middle School Feeders

There are 13 middle schools in SFUSD. Our middle schools do not have an attendance area like the elementary schools do, but we do have a system of middle school feeders. On average, about five elementary schools feed into one middle school. The elementary-to-middle school feeder patterns include both the elementary school attendance areas that are contiguous and non-contiguous to the receiving middle school. Similar to attendance area elementary schools, applying for the middle school your elementary school feeds is optional, but your chances of placement are higher if you do request it.

There is no guarantee that you will be assigned to your feeder middle school.

You may list as many schools as you like. If there is not enough space on the application form, you may attach an Additional School Choices Form. List your school choices in the order of your preference.

More information on middle schools:

Middle School Feeders

Every K-5 school in the district is matched with a single middle school, known as their middle school feeder.  While the elementary-to-middle school feeders create virtual K-8s based on elementary school enrollment, the student assignment process for middle school will continue to be a choice process.  This means students enrolled in 5th grade at an SFUSD K-5 school will have to submit an application form ranking their middle school requests to receive a 6th grade assignment.

The choice process for middle school will give younger siblings the highest preference, followed by a preference for students enrolled in an elementary school that feeds into the middle school (it doesn’t matter where in San Francisco a student lives, this tiebreaker is based on the school the student is enrolled in for 5th grade), and then a preference for students living in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores (known as CTIP1). These preferences, known as tiebreakers, will be used when the number of requests for a school is greater than the number of seats available.

What is a tie-breaker?

Tie-breakers are preferences used to help place students in a requested school when the number of requests for a school is greater than the number of spaces available.

Middle School Tie-Breakers

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 tie-breakers in the following hierarchical order:

1
Siblings
Applicant has an older sibling enrolled in and will be attending the school.
2
Middle school feeder (6th grade only)
Applicants who are enrolled in the elementary school that feeds into the middle school (this applies only to 6th grade applicants).
3
94124 Zip Code (for Willie Brown Middle School only)
Applicants who live in the 94124 zipcode and are applying for Willie Brown Middle School.
4
Test score area
Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
5
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 Program Tie-Breakers TK-12

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

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 tie-breakers in the following hierarchical order.

1
Current program with sibling
Applicant enrolled in program and has an older sibling enrolled in program and will be attending the school.
2
Current program pathway
Applicant currently enrolled in program pathway.
3
Sibling
Sibling - has an older sibling enrolled in and will be attending the school.
4
SFUSD PreK or TK (Kindergarten only)
SFUSD - PreK or TK  Applicant for Kindergarten and attends SFUSD preK or TK program at the city-wide school requesting city-wide school or program.
5
Test score areas
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.

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