Welcome to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)!
SFUSD is a choice system, which means any student can apply to any school within the District.
Applying for school in SFUSD involves three steps:
APPLY: Fill out an SFUSD general enrollment application form listing the schools in the preference order. Then gather all the necessary documents. Check out the “What You Need to Apply” section for a list of acceptable proofs. Submit your application form, along with all the necessary proofs, by the deadline to the Educational Placement Center.
ENROLL: After you receive your assignment letter, you are encouraged to go register at the assigned school to secure your seat. After registering, you may still participate in further assignment rounds for your higher-ranked choice schools.
Students are not automatically assigned to a school without an enrollment application, nor will students be automatically assigned to a school in their elementary school attendance area. Applications for all grade levels, from Transitional Kindergarten to grade 12, are processed centrally through the Educational Placement Center (EPC). EPC is located at 555 Franklin Street, Room 100, San Francisco, CA 94102. The center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Unless it is for language assessment, no appointment is necessary for seeking assistance at EPC.
To apply, the parent or legal guardian of the student needs to submit the general SFUSD Enrollment Application in person to the Educational Placement Center and provide a parent's picture ID, student's birth certificate (or hospital record), and two acceptable proofs of home address in San Francisco.
Enrollment Overview for the 2014-15 School Year
There are two major placement periods each year: March Placement Period (Round One) and May Placement Period (Round Two). For the 2014-15 school year, the application period for March placement is from November 4, 2013 to January 21, 2014. The application period for May placement is from January 22, 2014 to April 11, 2014. Within each placement period, applications for school placement are not processed on a first-come, first-served basis. As long as the applications are submitted on-time by the deadline, they will be processed at the same time.
After Round Two, families can submit a waiting pool request for ONE school. The waiting pool process will run through September 5, 2014.
Starting from June 11, 2014, all students who have not registered at their assigned schools or students who would like a different assignment can participate in the Available School Assignment Period (ASAP) for other schools with available spots.
By August 18, 2014 (first day of school), all students should be registered at their assigned school. Any registered students who do not show up within the first three days of school will be dropped.
No transfers are allowed after September 5, 2014.
Need help finding a school?
Utilize the tools in How to Find a School.
Find out more about the application process in How to Apply for School.