Wait Pool

About Wait Pools

The Wait Pool application process is now closed. We are NO longer taking Wait Pool applications. 

The Wait Pool period opens on June 15th and runs through August 12. We strongly suggest that families submit a Wait Pool application by July 2nd.

* Wait Pool forms are available online, or at our 555 Franklin St. location. A secure drop box will also be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. outside the front entrance. At this time, please do not go inside 555 Franklin St. to collect or submit forms. 

Wait Pool List

The wait pool list is sorted by school, grade, then pathway (program). Please keep in mind that numbers change and the tiebreaker system determines placement.

What is a Wait Pool?

  • A wait pool is a set of students that are applying for a particular school.
  • Once all applications are received for each school, SFUSD conducts an assignment run and applies tiebreakers to assign students to any open seats. 
  • A wait pool is NOT a wait list (i.e., it does not assign students on a first come, first serve basis).
  • SFUSD will post and periodically update the number of wait pool requests by school, grade and program on July 2, 2020 through August 14, 2020.

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 March Placement, May Placement, 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 2nd?

Any school/grade/program with any Wait Pool requests will not be available for Open Enrollment. The Open Enrollment window begins on July 6.

For example: If by July 6, there are no Wait Pool requests for School A / Kindergarten / General Education, then families that come in for Open Enrollment will be able to access any open kindergarten GE seats at School A.

How do I apply for a Wait Pool?

There are 3 ways to apply:


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

  • Between August 17 to September 4, 2020, SFUSD will begin to notify families if and when they receive an assignment to their wait pool school. 
  • More details will be available closer to August.