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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:

  1. DISCOVER: Read about the age and residency requirements; explore as many school/program options as possible. Check out the “How to Find a School” section for more tools to help you with your search.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Updated Policies for 2017-18 Enrollment

If you are applying to enroll in middle school or to Lowell High School, please note that the enrollment policies have been updated:

2017-18 Enrollment Guide

The enrollment guide is your one-stop-shop for the enrollment process—it contains information on all our schools, details the enrollment process, and provides information about programs such as special education and language immersion.

2017-18 English Learner Program Guide

Please note that you must submit an application to be assigned to a school. 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Unless it is for language assessment, no appointment is necessary for seeking assistance at EPC.

Enrollment Overview for the 2017-18 School Year

There are two major placement periods each year: March Placement Period (Round One) and May Placement Period (Round Two).  For the 2017-18 school year, the application period for March placement is from October 31, 2016 to January 13, 2017. The application period for May placement is from January 16, 2017 to April 14, 2017.  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 2, 2017.

Starting from June 14, 2017, 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 the start 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 2, 2017.  

Enrollment for the 2016-17 School Year

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.

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.

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