2020-2021 Enrollment Timeline

Updates (as of May 1, 2020)

To respond to the needs of families and to protect the integrity of the student assignment process, SFUSD is shifting back the 2020-21 enrollment timeline.

  • COVID-19 brought many unexpected changes in the enrollment process for families, schools and staff, which we understand were difficult to experience.
  • Our goal is to ensure that ALL students can enroll in school by simplifying the process and increasing our support to families.

Change #1: May Placement (Round 2) letters will now be mailed on June 12, and families will have to June 26 to register.

This ensures that we can:

  • Safely and fairly test all students requiring language assessments in a remote setting.
  • Thoroughly process and review applications, which were received in various formats since January (in-person, mail, email, and online).

Change #2: We will have one Wait Pool instead of two, and will be accepting wait pool applications from June 15 to August 12. 

Families who wish to continue seeking a different placement can submit a wait pool request for one school starting on June 15 to August 12. 

Change #3: Open Enrollment will begin on July 6 to September 4.

Families who wish to be placed immediately into a school with openings can also participate in Open Enrollment from July 6 to September 4.

We will provide more information in June on how to participate in Wait Pool and Open Enrollment.

In the meantime, please reach out to us for any questions you have about these changes. 

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Thank you for your understanding

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging time together.

2020-21 Enrollment Key Dates (revised May 1, 2020)

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October 19, 2019 

Enrollment Fair. Official start of the enrollment cycle for School Year 2020-2021.

December 13, 2019

Deadline for 9th grade Lowell and Ruth Asawa SOTA applicants.

January 17, 2020

Deadline for TK -12 applicants to submit, revise, or cancel applications.

Week of March 23, 2020

March Placement applicants receive notifications by mail.

March 26, 2020

March Placement Workshop at the Board Room from 5pm to 7pm.

March 30 - April 3, 2020

Spring Break (schools closed)

April 7, 2020

March Placement Workshop at the Board Room from 5pm to 7pm. 

April 10, 2020

April 17, 2020

Deadline for:

May 11, 2020

Lowell 10th - 12th grade transfer application submission begins.

Lowell will not be accepting any 10th-12th grade transfers for 2020-21.

Week of May 18, 2020

June 12, 2020

May/June Placement applicants mailed to families (received week of June 15).

Appeal decisions mailed to families who submitted a Hardship Appeal by April 17, 2020.

June 15, 2020

August Wait Pool application window opens.

June 15 - 24, 2020

Inter-district transfer applicants are assigned and notified.

May 29, 2020

June 26, 2020

Deadline for: 

  • May/June Placement applicants to accept assignment offer.
  • June Wait Pool Submission, Revision, Cancellation. Due to COVID-19, June Wait Pool has been cancelled.
  • Family Hardship and /or Medical Hardship Appeal. 

July 2 &
August 14, 2020

August Wait Pool numbers posted online on July 2 and August 14, 2020.

June 24, 2020

July 6, 2020

Open Enrollment period begins.

June 26, 2020

Deadline for Lowell 10th - 12th grade transfer application.

Lowell will not be accepting any 10th-12th grade transfers for 2020-21.

August 12, 2020

Deadline to submit, revise, or cancel August Wait Pool request.

August 17, 2020

School starts for Fall Semester 2020-2021.

August 17 - September 4, 2020

Applicants approved for their August Wait Pool choice will be notified by phone. Please refrain from requesting student's status by phone, email, or in person. District representatives will be calling families proactively as spaces emerge at all grade levels (TK-12th) during this period of time.

September 4, 2020

August Wait Pools dissolved by the end of day.

No transfer period begins for SFUSD students.

November 13, 2020

Deadline for SFUSD students to submit, revise, or cancel a Spring Transfer Request.

December 11, 2020

Notifications mailed to Spring Transfer applicants.