Resources for Families

Special Education Enrollment Information

Families should complete the SFUSD 2021 enrollment application and list any school preferences by the specified deadlines to participate in the school choice process. The same SFUSD enrollment application is used for all students. 

Parents may contact a Special Education Counselor at the Educational Placement Center (EPC) if they have questions about the process and to discuss school choices. (For general PK-12 enrollment questions, call 415-241-6085 or email enrollinschool@sfusd.edu)

For information about how to apply to special education programs visit our enrollment website: sfusd.edu/enroll or download the SFUSD 20-21 Enrollment Guide

Descriptions of Specialized Classrooms and Services

All SFUSD schools have some special education services available and most students with disabilities can apply to attend a school of their choice. However, certain highly specialized services for students with disabilities are only available at specific schools.

General Education with Special Education Support - available at every TK-12 school.

Every TK-12 school offers the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids, and/or supports designated in a student’s IEP.  Students are assigned to a General Education classroom for the majority of the school day. They are assigned a Special Education case manager and receive accommodations and modifications as designated by the IEP.

Related Services - available at every TK-12 school

Related Services are designed to address specific, specialized interventions when necessary to provide access to core curriculum and grade level peers. A credentialed or licensed specialist provides services. These services may include: speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vision services, orientation and mobility, nursing, audiology services and behavioral health services.

Resource Specialist Program Services (RSP) - available at every TK-12 school

Resource Specialist Services - available at every school

Available at every TK-12 school for students with disabilities who are assigned to the general education classroom for most of the school day. Resource Specialist services provide specialized academic instruction in and/or out of the general education setting as per the IEP to provide access to grade-level content with grade-level peers.

Separate Class or Special Day Class (SDC) - available at some schools

Separate Classes with specialized services are offered at some SFUSD schools to provide specialized academic instruction in a smaller classroom setting. Students in Separate Classes for the majority of the day are assigned a special education teacher and to a multi-grade classroom. This includes sites with Learning Centers.

Types of Special Day Classes:

  • Learning Center (LC SDC) - students are in the learning center 50% of the time and assigned to general education 
  • Mild/Moderate Autism Class (AF/SDC) - students are in a separate Mild/Moderate Autism focused classroom over 50 percent of the day.
  • Moderate/Severe Autism Class (MM/SDC) students are in a separate Moderate/Severe Autism focused classroom over 50 percent of the day.
  • Mild/Moderate Class (MM/SDC) students are in a separate mild to moderate disabilities classroom over 50 percent of the day.
  • Moderate/Severe Class (MS/SDC) students are in a separate moderate/severe classroom over 50 percent of the day.
  • SOAR Program (ED/SDC) students are in a separate social emotional/behavior enhanced classroom over 50 percent of the day.
  • Deaf Hard of Hearing (DHH AO) students are in a separate deaf/hard of hearing auditory oral classroom over 50 percent of the day.
  • Deaf Hard of Hearing (DHH TC) students are in a separate deaf/hard of hearing total communication classroom over 50 percent of the day.

Access Transition Program (ages 18-22) - available at some schools

About AccessSFUSD

Access, the Adult Transition Program, is for students on track for a Certificate of Completion at the end of 12th grade. SFUSD students on IEPs are eligible for special education services through Access until they are 22 years of age or complete a High School Diploma.

AccessSFUSD Eligibility

  • Ages 18-22

  • Has completed 12th grade

  • On a certificate of completion track

  • Has an IEP

AccessSFUSD Mission Statement

AccessSFUSD is a community based program for students 18-22 with disabilities.  We focus on teaching functional life skills within the community setting.

San Francisco IS our campus.

We strive to help students discover their passions, unlock their potential, and become involved members of the community.  We offer an individualized program that works with each student’s goals and interests to further develop their skills, gain vocational experience, and to create self-determined individuals who are active in their community.

Current AccessSFUSD Program Sites

  • AccessSFUSD: The Arc

  • AccessSFUSD: Bay Street

  • AccessSFUSD: Balboa

  • AccessSFUSD: Burton

  • AccessSFUSD: Galileo

  • AccessSFUSD: Lowell

  • AccessSFUSD: Marshall

  • AccessSFUSD: Mission

  • AccessSFUSD: O’Connell

  • AccessSFUSD: Wallenberg

  • AccessSFUSD: Project Search*

*AccessSFUSD: Project Search is a one year intensive internship at Kaiser Hospital eligible to qualified students in their final year of their AccessSFUSD program

Sample AccessSFUSD Video 

Locations of Specialized Classrooms

Note: This list is subject to change. Please check with the Educational Placement Center for the latest information before completing your application.

As of 6/21/2021

Integrated PreK

Argonne EES, Bessie Carmichael, Dr. W. Cobb PreK, Jefferson EES, John Mclaren EES, Leola M. Havard EES, Malcolm X PreK, Presidio EES, San Miguel EES, Theresa Mahler, Tule Elk Park EES

Special Day Class PreK

Bryant PreK, Dr. W. Cobb PreK, El Dorado PreK, Grattan, John Mclaren EES, John Muir Prek, Jose Ortega PreK, Las Americas EES, Leola M. Havard EES, Mc Coppin PreK, P. Revere - PreK, Raphael Weill EES, Sheridan Pre-K

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Toddler SDC - Presidio EES (Dead/Hard of Hearing Auditory/Oral and Total Communication)

PreK - Chavez, Cesar (Total Communication), Lafayette (Auditory/Oral)

TK - Chavez, Cesar (Total Communication)

K to 5 - Chavez, Cesar (Total Communication), Lafayette (Auditory/Oral)

K to 8 - Lilienthal, Claire (students spend 100% of the day in general education classes)

6 to 8 - Presidio (Auditory/Oral and Total Communication)

9 to 12 - The Academy @ McAteer (Auditory/Oral and Total Communication)

Note: all DHH magnet schools have acoustically modified classrooms.

Learning Centers

K-5 - Bret Harte ES, Garfield ES, Malcolm X and Visitacion Valley Elementary School

Mild/Moderate Special Day Classes

TK - R. L. Stevenson ES

K-2 - Buena Vista /Horace Mann, Clarendon E.S., George Peabody E.S., Hillcrest Elementary School, Longfellow E.S., Paul Revere E.S., R. L. Stevenson E.S., Sanchez ES (K-2 only)

3-5 - Buena Vista /Horace Mann, Clarendon E.S., Francis Scott Key E.S. (3-5 only), George Peabody E.S., Hillcrest Elementary School, Longfellow E.S., Paul Revere E.S., R. L. Stevenson E.S., Rosa Parks ES

6-8 - A.P. Giannini MS, Aptos MS, Everett MS, Francisco MS, Hoover MS, James Denman M.S., James Lick MS, Marina MS, MLK MS, Presidio MS, Roosevelt MS, Visitacion Valley MS

9-12 - Lincoln HS, Balboa HS, Burton HS, Downtown HS, Galileo HS, George Washington H.S., Ida B. Wells HS, June Jordan HS, Lowell HS, Marshall HS, Mission HS, O'Connell HS, Raul Wallenberg HS, Ruth Asawa SOTA HS, The Academy HS

Mild/Moderate Autism Focus Special Day Classes

TK-1 - Rosa Parks ES

2-3 - Rosa Parks

K-5 - Argonne ES, E.R. Taylor ES, Garfield ES, Jefferson ES, Lakeshore ES, Miraloma ES, Sherman ES

6-8 - A.P. Giannini MS, Everett MS, James Denman MS, Marina MS, Roosevelt MS

9-12 Lincoln HS, Lowell HS

Moderate/Severe Special Day Classes

TK - Tule Elk Park EES

K-5 - Alvarado E.S., Delores Huerta E.S, Francis Scott Key E.S., Lawton Alternative School, Sanchez ES (3-5 only), Sunnyside E.S.

6-8 - A.P. Giannini MS, Everett MS, James Denman MS, Lawton Alternative School, Presidio MS

9-12 - Lincoln H.S., Balboa HS, Burton HS, Galileo HS, Washington HS, June Jordan HS, Lowell HS, Mission HS

Moderate/Severe Special Day Class with Autism Focus

K-5 Alamo E.S., Glen Park E.S., Grattan E.S., Starr King E.S., Sunset E.S., Yick Wo Alternative E.S

6-8 A.P. Giannini MS, Aptos MS, Francisco MS, Roosevelt MS

9-12 Lincoln HS, Lowell HS, Mission HS

Social-Emotional/Behavioral Enhanced Classroom (SOAR Program)

K-5 Dianne Feinstein ES, El Dorado ES, Leonard Flynn ES, Tenderloin School

6-8 Francisco MS, Herbert Hoover MS, James Denman MS, James Lick MS, Presidio MS

9-12 Lincoln HS, Galileo HS, Washington HS, Marshall HS, Mission HS

ACCESS/Adult Transition Services

AccessSFUSD: The Arc, Access: Bay Street, Balboa, Burton HS, Galileo, Lowell, Marshall, Mission, O'Connell, Project Search at Kaiser, Wallenberg, SF International

For more information watch this video for AccessSFUSD: The Arc: https://youtu.be/DvlfxEwEOB0