What is a tiebreaker?

Tiebreakers are preferences used to place students in their requested school when the number of requests for that school is greater than the number of spaces available. Random numbers will be used for school assignments if tiebreakers do not resolve ties, or if there are no tiebreakers.

Requests may qualify for more than one tiebreaker. In that case, requests with the highest ranked tiebreakers preference are always assigned before requests with multiple lower ranked tiebreakers.

Tiebreakers are not used for students applying to Lowell High School or the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (RASOTA). Lowell High School uses academic admission criteria, and RASOTA has an audition process.