School Portfolio Planning

What we do:


There is high demand for all SFUSD schools because we offer a portfolio of program options and environments that appeal to the diversity of the families we serve.


To support the development of programs and spaces that move the district closer to Vision 2025. 

How we do it:

We do this by providing a cohesive planning framework that includes facilitative decision making, community engagement, data analysis, and project management. In doing so, we bring diverse perspectives together to ensure that decisions impacting our school portfolio are aligned with SFUSD’s mission statement: Every day we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.


  1. Plan new schools in areas of future growth
  2. Create innovative and exciting opportunities that increase demand across all schools
  3. Develop data resources to support strategic decision making

 School Year 2019-20 Big Rocks 

  • Develop Programming for Mission Bay school campus
  • Align program portfolio development and student assignment
  • Update student enrollment forecasts and share with all key stakeholders

Program Change Protocol

Process for Requesting the Opening, Scaling, Moving or Closing of Programs

The Program Change Protocol uses a collaborative, transparent process to respond to school sites or central office teams interested in opening, closing and/or scaling a school site program that will have broader system impacts beyond the individual school site.

The Program Change Protocol is being rolled out in recognition that SFUSD:

  • Needs a transparent, equitable and consistent method for proposing and approving changes to SFUSD’s portfolio of schools and programs

  • Needs to consider individual program requests in the context of the broader system (e.g., how requests will impact enrollment, facilities needs, staffing, or budget, communication and stakeholder engagement, and increase equity)

  • Needs to align resources to support creating or expanding innovative, quality programs, per Vision 2025

How do I get started?

(The earlier the better!)
  1. Ensure your LEAD Assistant Superintendent/ Department Chief is in support of your concept 

  2. E-mail Karissa Yee Findley, Director of School Portfolio Planning, to check whether this process is intended for the proposal you have in mind.

  3. If it does, complete the Pre-proposal Prioritization Criteria form before October 25th.

  4. You will be notified in November whether your concept has been approved to move forward for further review via the Program Change Protocol.