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Applying to High School

There are 14 high schools in SFUSD. High schools do not have an attendance area like the elementary schools do. All high schools are city-wide schools. There is also no high school feeder system. You may list as many high schools as you like. If there is not enough space on the application, you can attach an Additional School Choices Form. List your school choices in the order of your preference.

There is no guarantee that a student will be assigned to a particular high school.

Please note:Tiebreakers are not used for students applying to Lowell High School or Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Lowell High School uses academic admission criteria, and Ruth Asawa has an audition process.

High School Tiebreakers

Students will be assigned to their highest ranked request as long as there is space at the school. If there are more students applying than there are openings at a school, choice assignments will be made by looking to all the possible combinations of tiebreakers in the following hierarchical order:

  1. Sibling A younger sibling of a student who is enrolled in and will be attending the school.
  2. Willie Brown Middle School Students applying to 9th grade who attended Willie Brown Middle School in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. This applies to all high schools requested except Lowell and Ruth Asawa, which have a different enrollment policy.
  3. Test Score Area (CTIP1) Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
  4. No tiebreakers Students who do not have a tiebreaker.

If these tiebreakers do not resolve ties, then ties will be resolved by random lottery.

This page was last updated on January 28, 2021