How to enroll in a San Francisco public school

Last month, we sent out offer letters to 14,500 families who applied for a spot in one of our schools next year. You or someone you know may be one of them, so that’s why I want to make sure you know what to do next.

Please hurry!

If you are one of those families, you have until Friday, April 8, to ensure your child’s spot at a school. In order to secure your placement, you must go to the school with the Placement Letter and a proof of address before this Friday.

What if it’s not the school you want?

If you prefer a different school than the one you’ve been offered, there are options. However, it is still best to register to save a place at the school where your child has received an offer. Sometimes parents don’t register because it’s not their first choice school and then they find their options have become even more limited as enrollment rounds continue through the fall. Registering at your assigned school now doesn’t affect your chances of getting into another school in the next placement period (called Round Two).

You also have the option to be placed in a waiting pool for your top choice school, or to apply during the Available School Assignment Process, which begins in June. While registering takes place at each school site, all other applications must be submitted at our Educational Placement Center.

How our application process works

Students are assigned to schools through a choice process designed to provide equitable access to the range of opportunities available in San Francisco public schools. Families are asked to list all of their preferred schools on their enrollment application.

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 tie-breakers, to assign students to one of their requested schools.

Very important to remember

Your child is not placed in a school until you register at the school listed on your Placement Letter.

You can help!

I understand the enrollment process can be challenging for new families. If you know any parents who have received Placement Letters and aren’t sure what to do next, please help share the steps listed here.

SFUSD School Enrollment Information

SFUSD Educational Placement Center (EPC)

555 Franklin St., Room 100
San Francisco, 94102.
Open Monday-Friday,
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(415) 241-6085
www.sfusd.edu/enroll

Richard Carranza is superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.

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