Navigating the school enrollment process 

Families have until April 10 to register their children at their assigned schools.
  • Families have until April 10 to register their children at their assigned schools.
If you saw the mail being delivered these past few days, your mail carrier’s hands might have looked unusually full. That’s because more than 14,000 letters were mailed by the San Francisco Unified School District on Friday. Every single one was a letter telling families which public school their child has been offered.

So, now what?

If you are one of those families, you have just a few more steps to take to ensure your child gets a spot at his or her assigned school (or at another one if you prefer to submit another application):

1) You now must register at your assigned school to secure a spot at the school (deadline is April 10).

2) If your child is totally new to the SFUSD, when you go to the school
to register, be sure to bring the
placement letter and child’s proof of birth, too.

3) If in fact you do not prefer the school you’ve been offered, we still recommend you register at that school while you apply to others.
You can apply to another school in
our next placement period (called Round 2) by April 10. This application has to be submitted to our Educational Placement Center (see location below).

4) After Round 2, you also have an option to be placed in a waiting pool, which begins May 11, or apply during the Available School Assignment Process, or ASAP, that begins June 17. You must come to our Educational Placement Center to do this, where we have many placement counselors available to guide you through the process.

How our application process works

Basically there are three stages to getting into an SFUSD school: Discover. Apply. Enroll. During the apply stage, families are asked to list several of their preferred schools. As the district processes applications, students are placed in their highest-ranked school as long as there are openings at that school. If there are more requests for a school than openings, the student-placement process uses a series of preferences, known as
tiebreakers, to assign students.

Enroll now

Right now is the time for families to register at their new schools, or take the next steps to make new choices or be placed in a waiting pool. Remember, your child is not automatically placed in a school until you register at the school listed on your placement letter. Our Educational Placement Center is where you can find more information and get your questions answered. You can also learn more at You can help. If you know any parents who have received placement letters and aren’t sure what to do next, let them know the steps listed here. And they can always call us.

School-placement resources

SFUSD Educational Placement Center 555 Franklin Street, Room 100 San Francisco, CA 94102 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Contact: (415) 241-6085

Key Dates

Through March 27 and April 6-10: Register at assigned school April 10: Deadline registrations at sites, amended forms, appeals and late applications for Round 2
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