FAQs on SFUSD Round 2 and Registration

posted Mar 18, 2016, 9:44 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Mar 18, 2016, 10:08 AM ]

SFUSD Round 1 school assignment letters were mailed on March 11, and PPS-SF staff have been busy answering hundreds of questions about next steps in the process. Here are a few popular questions that come up in our phone calls, emails, and conversations:

Do I have to register at my assigned school?

We generally recommend that you register at your Round 1 assigned school. If you have no intention of sending your child to that school, then you might not choose to do that. But if it's possible that other people might want that assignment, you might choose to register to benefit from the trade-up value that spot can offer. It does not impact you negatively in the subsequent rounds if you register.

If you are not able to get one of your Round 2 requested schools, you will not be given another offer.

Where do I get and/or drop off Round 2 forms?

Round 2 applications can be found on the SFUSD website. Here is a direct link to a pdf of the form in English:


Forms must be turned in by end of day on April 8 to one of the following locations:

  • Educational Placement Center, 555 Franklin Street, Room 100

  • Leola Harvard Early Education School, 1520 Oakdale Avenue

You do not need to re-submit proof of address with the Round 2 form.

I live in the Bayview, so I get the low test score area (tie-breaker), but I was assigned to a school not even on my list. What happened?

The answer is usually that not all the Bayview qualifies. The low test score area is bound by 3rd Street. Families who live on the west side of 3rd Street will not get the tie-breaker, even if they have a Bayview address. To check, enter your address in the Address Lookup Tool on the SFUSD website. It can be picky, so keep trying until it confirms your address. For example, it accepts "3rd Street," but will not find "Third Street."

How can I get into Lowell? Can I do Round 2?
Short answer: You can’t. All Round 1 decisions for Lowell High School are final.
Longer answer: Students are eligible to apply to transfer to Lowell in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Please see the SFUSD Lowell transfer application process for full details.

I don't know anything about the school I was offered. How can I find out more about this school?

Let us hook you up with a Parent Ambassador. Parent Ambassadors are volunteers who represent their schools, and can share real information about day-to-day life at the school.

If everyone registers in Round 1, where do open spots come from?
Not everyone registers. Some families choose a charter school, a private school, or move out of San Francisco. Spots open up as families are placed at new schools -- imagine a big game of musical chairs.

How do I register?
See this short video for quick tips on registering at your assigned school.

Need more help? Here are more resources from PPS-SF:

* Watch one of these videos in English, Spanish, or Chinese
* Read this informative article from our PPS-SF Enrollment Coach
* Attend a free workshop