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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 a student will be assigned to his/her 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 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.

Middle 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
Middle School Feeder
Incoming 6th-grade students enrolled in an elementary school that is identified as a feeder for the requested middle school.
3
Bayview Elementary School to All Middle Schools
Incoming sixth-grade students who attended Carver, Drew, Harte or Malcolm X elementary schools from grades K through 5 and apply to any SFUSD middle school.
4
Test Score Area (CTIP1)
Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
5
No tiebreakers
Students who do not have a tiebreaker.

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

Middle School Language Pathway Tiebreakers

If you are applying for a city-wide language pathway 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 currently enrolled in and will be attending the same school.
4
Middle School Feeder
Incoming 6th-grade students enrolled in an elementary school that is identified as a feeder for the requested middle school.
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.

Willie Brown Middle School Tiebreakers

1
Sibling
A younger sibling of a student who is enrolled in and will be attending the school.
2
Bayview
Students enrolled in Carver, Drew, Harte, or Malcolm X elementary schools who apply to Willie Brown Middle School.
3
94124
Students living in 94124 who apply to Willie Brown Middle School.
4
Test Score Area (CTIP1)
Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
5
No tiebreakers
Students who do not have a tiebreaker.

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

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