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Enrollment Requirements

Before applying for schools, review the age, health and residency requirements.

Age Requirements

  • California law requires that a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2020 to be legally eligible for kindergarten and six years old on or before September 1, 2019 to be legally eligible for first grade for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Students who will have their fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2, 2020 are eligible for a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program for the 2020-21 school year. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. 
  • Note: If you sign and submit the enrollment application, and your child meets the age eligibility for Transitional Kindergarten (TK), your child will be enrolled in a TK program for the 2020-21 school year and will be required to apply for a kindergarten assignment for the 2021-22 school year by submitting an application available in October 2020.
If your child will be...
Age On or before Apply for
3 December 2, 2020 Prekindergarten
4 December 2, 2020 Prekindergarten

Between September 2 and December 2, 2020

Transitional kindergarten
5 September 1, 2020 Kindergarten
6 September 1, 2020 First grade

Residency Requirements

Students who are residents of San Francisco have priority in school assignment above all students who live outside of San Francisco. A minor's residence is presumed to be the legal residence of the parent(s) or guardian(s) who have physical custody of the minor. The student's parent/legal guardian must continually reside in San Francisco at the time of application and for the entire period of enrollment in SFUSD. This policy does not apply to homeless students.

Board Policy and Administrative Regulation on District Residency

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Definition of Residency


  • A resident is an individual who is a full time occupant of a dwelling located in San Francisco and who, on any given day, is likely to be at his/her stated address when not at work or school. In determining the place of residence the following rules shall be observed:
    • It is the place where one remains when not called elsewhere for labor or other special or temporary purpose, and to which he/she returns in seasons of repose.
    • There can only be one residence.
    • A residence cannot be lost until another is gained.
    • The residence of the parent/guardian with whom an unmarried minor child maintains his/her place of abode is the residence of such unmarried minor child.
    • The residence can be changed only by the union of act and intent.
  • If the parents are separated and live at different addresses, the pupil must physically reside with the parent in San Francisco for at least 50% of the time during the regular school year.
  • Temporary residence in San Francisco, solely for the purpose of attending a SFUSD school, shall not be considered residency. A person who owns property in San Francisco, but does not reside in San Francisco, is not considered a resident.


Undocumented Students

  • Any child whose family resides in San Francisco is guaranteed access to a free public education in SFUSD. No family will be denied access to school because of their immigration status.

Students Who Move

  • If the parent/guardian who has physical custody of the student(s) moves to a new address at any time after submitting the application for enrollment, s/he must submit a Change of Address form to the Education Placement Center within 14 days following the move. Students who move out of San Francisco but wish to remain in a SFUSD school may apply for an interdistrict permit from the new district of residence.
  • If the parent/guardian fails to submit a Change of Address form within 14 days of their move, the student's enrollment may be revoked.

Verification of Residency

  • In order to verify residency, SFUSD reserves the right to request additional documents and/or to conduct an investigation. Please see Administrative Regulation 5111.1 for more information.

Revocation of Enrollment

  • False claims of residency could result in a revocation of enrollment and a potential fine. Please see Administrative Regulation 5111.1 for more information.

Health Requirements

According to the California School Immunization Law, children must have their required immunizations (shots) before they can attend school. Immunization requirements apply to all new students in SFUSD.  In order to start school, the student must have at least one dose of every required vaccine and no deadline for any missing dose has passed.

All students should get tuberculosis (TB) clearance (negative TB skin or blood test, negative chest x-ray, or signature of health examiner attesting to no risk factors for TB) within one year of entering SFUSD or signature of health examiner attesting to no risk factors for TB.

Learn more about the health requirements to enroll in school.

Required Documents

When submitting your application, please include the following documents.

  1. Student’s Proof of birth
  2. Proof of home address 
  3. Parent/Guardian’s Picture ID
  4. Other documents (transcript, IEP, etc.)

Please contact the EPC at or 415-241-6085 if you have any questions about submitting documentation.

Proof of Birth (submit one)

Please submit one of the following:

  • A certified copy of a birth certificate
  • A statement by the local registrar or county recorder certifying the date of birth
  • A duly attested baptism certificate
  • A passport
  • Court Order
  • Health Office/Vital Statistics record of birth certificate date
  • When none of the above documents is obtainable, an affidavit of the parent/guardian can be submitted.

Proof of Residency (submit one)

Proof of home address must include the name and address of the parent or guardian (submit one).

  • Utility service contract, statement or payment receipts WITH DATE VISIBLE ; from agencies such as PG&E, water, cable, or garbage within 45 days (no cell phone bills or bank statements will be accepted)
  • Both automobile registration and auto insurance policy (declarations page), must be current (count as one proof)
  • Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy, must be current
  • Property tax statement, must be the current assessment year.
  • Correspondence from a government agency within 45 days
  • Grant deed, title of property
  • Rental property contract, lease, or payment receipts within 45 days
  • Section 8 agreements, must be current
  • Pay stubs, within 45 days
  • Voter registration, must be current
  • Affidavit of residency executed by the parent or legal guardian of a pupil

Picture ID (submit one)

Photo ID is used to verify the identity of the parent/legal guardian (including educational rights holder or caregiver) and will be used for the purpose of confirming the adult and student applicant relationship (submit one).

  • Any federal photo identification, including Veterans Identification Cards (“VICs”); 
  • Any State or Non-US government-issued card, license, or document other than a driver’s license or state ID card like a consular card or electoral card; 
  • Driver’s licenses and state ID cards issued by any state/international government; 
  • Any local government-issued card, license, or document; 
  • Technical college identification cards; 
  • Any public or medical assistance benefit cards issued by any unit of government; 
  • Any governmental or non-governmental employer photo identification cards;
  • Affidavit of legal guardian/parent affirming identity;
  • Bus pass with photo;
  • Credit card with photo;
  • Membership card with photo and name

Other Important Documents

Other documents may be required to apply or enroll:

  • Court Orders: Court orders regarding custody (legal or physical), educational rights, restricted contact with the student.
  • High School Transcript: For students currently enrolled in a non-SFUSD high school looking to transfer to SFUSD for the current school year.