Wait Pool

About Wait Pools

What is a Wait Pool?

A wait pool request is an application to one school that currently has no openings. Students who are interested in that school join a wait pool for that school. Once all applications are received for that school, SFUSD conducts an assignment run to assign students to any open seats. Wait Pool requests are NOT conducted on a first-come, first-served basis; requests are assigned based on SFUSD's student assignment policy.

The Wait Pool period for school year 2021-22 opens on May 8 and runs through August 11. We strongly suggest that families submit a Wait Pool application by July 19.

How do I participate in a Wait Pool?

Here are three ways to submit an application:

  • Online through your ParentVUE account (select the "online forms" tab) OR via the Online Forms Portal
  • Email a Wait Pool application to enrollinschool@sfusd.edu.
  • Mail a Wait Pool application to "Educational Placement Center, 555 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94102". (If this is your first time applying for the 2021-2022 school year and you are interested in mailing in your application, please follow the instruction in "how to submit paper applications" and submit the Enrollment Application and required documentation.)

Wait Pool PDF Forms:

You can also pick up a paper application at our 555 Franklin Street office -- a secure drop box will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the front entrance. At this time, please do not go inside 555 Franklin Street.

Who is eligible to apply for the Wait Pool?

  • Any student may choose to take part in SFUSD's wait pool process, even those who applied through Main Round, Round 2, New-to-SF Enrollment or Open Enrollment.
  • Once you have received a wait pool assignment, you are no longer eligible to participate in a wait pool for another school.

Why should I apply by July 19?

Any school/grade/program with a Wait Pool request will not be available for Open Enrollment. The Open Enrollment window begins on July 19.

For example: If by July 19, there are no Wait Pool requests for School A / Kindergarten / General Education, then families that participate in Open Enrollment will be able to access any open kindergarten GE seats at School A.

How will I know which schools have a Wait Pool?

The list of schools on these lists are schools with Wait Pool requests as of that date. Schools with Wait Pool requests are NOT available during Open Enrollment. 

How and when do I find out if I got my Wait Pool request? 

Between August 16 and September 3 SFUSD will call families if they receive an assignment to their wait pool school.

How do I cancel or change my Wait Pool request?

If you no longer want your wait pool request or need to change it, please email enrollinschool@sfusd.edu as soon as possible. Please remember that once you have received your wait pool assignment, you are no longer eligible to participate in a wait pool for another school.