Fall 2020 notice
The below information applies to the Winter 2019-20 application period. Updated information will be shared here as it is provided.
A general SFUSD application will be mailed to your address on file. If you do not receive one, you may pick one up from the Counseling Office or download a copy from SFUSD's website.
Families are advised to list more than 5 high schools and list them in their order of preference. Do not list charter or private/independent schools on the SFUSD application!
Applications are due January 17, 2020. They may be submitted in-person to the Counseling Office at AP Giannini or to the Educational Placement Center at 555 Franklin Street. This due date is only for students who are not applying to Lowell and SOTA. Mr. Jang turns in applications on a weekly basis. If you already turned in your application, you need to do a different kind of form to make changes to the application you had submitted.
Available in the counseling office or online.
Due Friday, December 13, 2019 with SFUSD General Application and 8th grade resume/brag sheet; submit in-person to Counseling Office at AP Giannini.
- No Lowell testing for SFUSD students who took the 7th grade SBAC.
- No Recommendation Letters for Lowell.
- Lowell Essay will be completed in January at APG during one class period. Lowell will not see your essays and essays are strictly confidential. Lowell essays are not graded for grammar or spelling.
Available on SOTA's website.
Due December 13, 2019; submit in-person along with entire application packet, portfolio and audition materials to School of the Arts, 555 Portola Drive, San Francisco, CA 94131. Contact Mr. Jang if you need assistance getting your SOTA application to SOTA. Questions? Please contact SOTA directly.
Requesting Recommendation Letters - SOTA ONLY
For SFUSD…You only need a letter of recommendation to apply to School of the Arts (SOTA).
You do not need a letter of recommendation to apply to any other SFUSD high schools. Lowell does not accept them.
Please do not ask for a recommendation letter if you do not need one or do not fully commit to applying to SOTA. Every year, teachers, counselors and principals complete hundreds of letters!
Allow for 2-3 weeks in advance for completing any type of recommendation letters. Please respect your recommender's time.
Families will receive Round 1 Admission letters the week of March 23, 2020, and they will need to register by April 10, 2020. If families are unable to go to their assigned high school to register, they should contact Mr. Jang as soon as possible. Students who are not registered by April 10 will lose their assignment.
If students do not like their assigned high school, there are additional opportunities to be assigned at a new school in the future rounds of assignment. However, there are no guarantees where students will be assigned and students should still register for their first assigned school.
SFUSD high school FAQs
General SFUSD application
If a student does not list any school requests, would they be assigned a random school or no school at all? What happens if a student does not turn in an application?
If no school requests are made, the student will be assigned last to a school that has available seats.
How are twins handled in the lottery?
Per SFUSD’s Enrollment Guide 2020-2021, page 28, Twins, Triplets and Multiples:
Students who are twins or other multiples and request to attend the same school should:
- list the same school on all applications in the same order; and
- check the box stating they want their twins or multiples to attend the same school.
If one of the students is assigned to their school of choice, the student assignment process will place the other twin or multiples into the same school if seats are available. If an assignment to one of the requested schools is not available, the students will be assigned together to a school that is closest to their home and has available seats.
If you do not check the box, the twins or multiples will participate in the assignment process as individual students. Twins or other multiples who wish to attend different schools can submit different requests on their application forms and they should not check the box saying they want to attend the same school. When the box is not checked, the assignment process does not try to place the students in the same school.
Will it hurt our chances if we only list our top 3 high schools and they are high demand schools?
Students are advised to request several schools in case their higher ranked requests have too many requests and they are not assigned there. If a student is not able to be assigned to any of their requested schools, they will be assigned last to a school that has available seats.
If a student does not like their assignment in Round 1 (March 23, 2020), and they want to try to reassigned in Round 2, should they still register for their Round 1 assignment?
Yes! They should register and then apply to be reassigned.
Should the questions on the Lowell application be answered in essay format?
It is not necessary for those questions to be answered in essay format. They may be answered as a list. If students need more space, they may attach additional sheets of paper.
Is there an essay required for Lowell?
At AP Giannini, yes. Students will write an essay in language arts class in January 2020. It will be read only if the student’s application is being reviewed under Band 2.
How many students is Lowell accepting for the 2020 school year?
Per the Lowell High School 2020-2021 Admission - Bands Summary, Lowell will accept about 850 9th grade students.
If a student already took the SBAC, can they still take the Lowell Admission Test?
Per the Lowell application (page 2):
Students who have taken the CAASPP(SBAC) test in the spring of the 7th grade will not be permitted to take the Lowell admission test. If a student takes the test and the EPC receives earlier scores, the earlier scores will be used and the new scores will be discarded.
What happens if a student does not qualify for Lowell?
Per the Lowell application (page 1):
Applicants indicating Lowell as a first choice will be considered for assignment to other schools only if they do not qualify for Lowell. This is determined before the assignment run.
Applicants who list one or more other high schools as higher preferences than Lowell and who meet Lowell admission criteria will receive a Lowell assignment only if they cannot be assigned to a higher ranked choice.
If the applicant has an older sibling at another school, and requests that school as the first choice, they will be assigned to the sibling’s school and their Lowell application will not be considered. If they list Lowell as a higher choice, but do not qualify for Lowell, they will still retain the sibling priority.
Can you qualify for Lowell and not be assigned to Lowell?
Per SFUSD’s Enrollment Guide 2020-2021, (page 97):
Students who meet the admission criteria and list Lowell as their first choice will receive an assignment offer to Lowell. Those who meet the requirements but list another school as a higher choice will go into the school assignment process for their higher choice. If they are assigned that higher choice, they will not receive an offer to Lowell. However, if they do not receive their higher choice, they will be assigned to Lowell.
Is there a waiting pool for Lowell?
Per SFUSD’s Enrollment Guide 2020-2021, there is not a waiting pool for Lowell (page 97).
Do students with IEPs who are applying to Lowell need to complete the application by December 13, 2019?
Yes, the December 13, 2019 deadline is for all applicants.
If my student is assigned to Lowell and we register, can we apply for another high school in Round 2? If we do not like our Round 2 assignment, can we decline it?
Yes, students may apply for another school in Round 2. However, their are no guarantees another assignment will be made and if a student is assigned another school in Round 2, they will lose their Round 1 assignment.
What are the requirements to transfer into Lowell in 10th grade?
Please see SFUSD’s webpage on the Lowell 10th-12th Grade Application Process.
Which teacher should write a recommendation for SOTA?
Any adult who is knowledgable about the student’s art should write the recommendation. The adult does not need to be a teacher at A.P. Giannini.
What happens if a student does not pass their SOTA audition?
Per SFUSD’s Enrollment Guide 2020-2021, (page 98).
Students who do not qualify for RASOTA will not be negatively impacted for their other school choices, and will be included in the assignment process for all the other choices listed on their applications.
Can you pass the audition for SOTA and not be assigned to SOTA?
Per SFUSD’s Enrollment Guide 2020-2021, (page 98):
Students who have qualified by audition and list RASOTA as their first-choice school will receive an assignment offer to RASOTA. Those who have qualified, but list another school as a higher choice than RASOTA, will go into the as- signment process for their higher choices. If they receive a placement into a higher choice school, they will not receive an offer to RASOTA but to the higher choice school. If a qualified student does not receive a higher requested school, they will be assigned to RASOTA. Because of the student assignment process, it is important that students list schools by preference. Students who do not qualify for RASOTA will not be negatively impacted for their other school choic- es, and will be included in the assignment process for all the other choices listed on their applications.
Is there a waiting pool for SOTA?
Per SFUSD’s Enrollment Guide 2020-2021, there is not a waiting pool for SOTA (page 98).