Spring Transfer

SFUSD Spring Transfer Process and Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Spring Transfer Request?

Spring Transfer requests are for SFUSD families who desire to transfer to another school in the Spring semester. Families may apply to transfer schools by submitting a Spring Transfer application form by the deadline of November 9, 2023. 

Parents can request a transfer to one SFUSD school for a student who is currently enrolled in a different SFUSD school (excluding charter schools).

Important: Lowell High School and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts do not enroll students through the Spring Transfer process. 

How are students selected for assignments in the spring transfer?

The student assignment system (used for the Main Round, Round 2, and Wait Pool) is also used in the spring transfer assignment run. The same tiebreakers (preferences) come into play. If there are more applications than there are seats available, random numbers are generated for each applicant; applicants who receive a higher random number get assigned before those with a lower random number.

What if I change my mind and decide that I like my current school after all?

The deadline to cancel a Spring Transfer request for the 2023-2024 school year has passed.

If you missed the deadline to cancel, you can contact the Enrollment Center (EC) between December 22, 2023 and January 12, 2024.

The Enrollment Center (EC) office will be closed from December 25 through December 29, 2023, and in-person assistance will not be available during that time. You will be able to contact us by phone or email during that time.

Reassignment back to your original school is NOT guaranteed.  

Can I find out which schools received Spring Transfer requests?

If I get into my requested school through the Spring Transfer process, will I have the chance in December to decide whether or not I actually want to transfer? 

No — any spring transfer assignment automatically replaces the student’s previous school  assignment. If your student is assigned to the requested school during the Spring Transfer process, they will automatically be unenrolled from their previous school. You should only submit a Spring Transfer request if you definitely prefer transferring to the requested school over staying at your current school.

When will I know whether I received my spring transfer request?

You will receive a notification letter in the mail during the week of December 18, 2023. Students who receive an assignment at their requested school will begin at the start of the spring semester (January 8, 2024). Students who are unable to receive an assignment to their spring transfer request will remain enrolled at their current school.

I received an assignment letter saying that my child was placed in the school I requested in the Spring Transfer process. What are my next steps?

1) Go to your previous school by December 21 with the check out form sent with your letter. 

  • Return all textbooks, library books, equipment and other materials
  • The school must sign off and provide a school stamp to confirm that all materials have been returned 

2) Go to the new school between January 8 and January 10 and confirm enrollment by bringing: 

  • A copy of the assignment letter
  • The Check-Out Form that has been stamped by the previous school

Your child will be withdrawn from their current school during the Winter Break and enrolled at their new school on January 8, 2024. They must be checked out of the current school before going to enroll into the new school.

What happens if I do not confirm the new enrollment for my child by January 10, 2024?

Your child may be dropped from the new school, so please go to the new school to complete enrollment.  If you wish for your child to remain at their current school, you must visit the Enrollment Center (EC) to make the request.  Re-enrollment to the current school will only be approved if space is available and is not guaranteed.

What if I submitted an enrollment application for the 2024-25 school year with the new school listed as one of my choices?

Please be sure to notify the Enrollment Center (EC) if you wish to cancel your application for the 2024-25 school year, because you plan to remain at the new school.  Otherwise, the enrollment application you previously submitted will still be processed and your child may possibly be re-assigned for the 2024-25 school year.

What are my next steps if I don't receive my Spring Transfer request or missed the application deadline?

If you were not assigned to your preferred school, or if you missed the Spring Transfer deadline, you may contact the Enrollment Center (EC) between December 22, 2023 and January 12, 2024. 

The Enrollment Center (EC) office will be closed from December 25 through December 29, 2023, and in-person assistance will not be available during that time. You will be able to contact us by phone or email during that time.

If it is not possible to move your student into your preferred school for the Spring semester, you may also apply for the next grade in the 24-25 school year before the February 2, 2024 deadline.


Spring Transfer Forms

The 2023-24 Spring Transfer application deadline has passed. 

This page was last updated on December 4, 2023