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How to Find a School/Program

Finding the right school for your child can feel overwhelming. Many parents consider factors such as location, school hours, language pathways, transportation options, and test scores, but each family has different wants and needs. With our 72 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, and 14 high schools to choose from, we hope that you will find a great fit for your family.

We offer a wide variety of high quality school programs. While every school is responsible for teaching our children using the same high academic standards, each school has unique features and services. Explore your school options to find out which schools will best meet your child’s needs.

Find out about:

  • What schools are closest to you: Find out which schools are closest to you by entering your address into our Address Look-Up Tool and see what your attendance area elementary school is.

  • Language pathways available: Many of our schools offer different language pathways in addition to the General Education Program. Read the descriptions and eligibility requirements of these language pathways.

  • Special Education Services: Learn more a bout services and enrollment for students with disabilities in the 2017-18 Enrollment Guide or visit the Special Education page of this website.

  • Transportation options: See which schools offer transportation by looking at the Transportation section of the Frequently Asked Questions page and at the current school bus schedules. The district offers limited general education transportation services to a limited number of elementary and middle schools. All students planning to ride a school bus must submit a request for transportation services.

  • Test scores: Each school’s individual web page links to a Balanced Scorecard and a School Accountability Report Card (SARC) that gives you various test scores. This video from GreatSchools helps put test scores in context:

Judging a School by Its Test Scores video

Utilize the following tools to research all of your school options

  • School Web Pages: Learn more about each school by visiting the individual school web pages. On the school web page, each school publishes a Balanced Scorecard which explains the school’s philosophy, focus, and goals. The School Accountability Report Card provides a school summary and data on demographics, attendance, and test scores.

  • Address Look-Up Tool: Enter your home address into the Address Look-Up Tool to find out which attendance area you live in, the name of the SFUSD PreK/TK site in your attendance area, and if your address is in a test score area (CTIP1).

  • Enrollment Guide: The 2017-18 Enrollment Guide is a great resource for families. It has the Schools at a Glance sections that provide useful school information. 

  • All-in-one School Map: The 2017-18 School Location Map is a general all-in-one map that shows where the schools are located, the attendance areas, and all the school types available within the SFUSD.

Visit Schools

We encourage you to visit as many schools as possible. It is a great way to meet staff, find out about services, and get a feel for the environment of the school. All schools encourage visitors. Please call ahead and plan your visit. Stop by the school office to sign-in. Then take a tour, observe classes, and talk to principals, teachers, and other parents. Please come tour our schools and explore the variety of programs we have to offer. Each school is its own community, providing its diverse student body with many unique educational experiences.

Parent and community groups:

There are various parent groups and community-based organizations that families can join. Different groups or organizations have different functions and responsibilities, but all of them share a common goal, which is to improve education for all children in San Francisco.

  • Parent Advisory Council The PAC advises the San Francisco Board of Education of parents' perspectives and recommendations on school district issues.
  • Parent Teachers Association The PTA works to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing its members and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership, and communication.
  • Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco a network of parents working together to build quality schools for all San Francisco children by providing parents with information, news and parent-to-parent networking and by developing parent leaders at the school and district level.
  • Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth a local community organization that works to transform San Francisco's services and policies for children, youth and their families in order to create a more family-friendly community.
  • English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). Every school with 21 or more English Learners has an ELAC. The role of the ELAC is to advise the principal and School Site Council on programs and services for English Learners.
  • District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). Every ELAC is invited to send representatives to the DELAC. The DELAC provides recommendations to the District on ways to improve programs and services for English Learners.
  • School Site Council (SSC) The role of the SSC is to guide the site planning process to ensure that the needs of all students are addressed in the school site plan.

Find out more about the application process in How to Apply for School.

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