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Frequently Asked Questions About SFUSD Enrollment

posted Dec 20, 2016, 10:00 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston
by Maria Webster, PPS-SF Program Coordinator

The Round 1 SFUSD application deadline for the 2017-2018 school year is Friday, January 13, 2017. Here are answers to some questions that many parents have asked us about the application process.

Where can I find an application?

Paper copies of the application can be picked up at the Educational Placement Center (EPC) or at many SFUSD schools. The same application is used for all grades from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 12th grade.

You can also download the application here. Only the last page (titled Application Form - School Year 2017-2018) must be printed and turned in.

To list more than ten schools on your application, include the Additional School Choices Form with your application or attach a separate sheet of paper.

Where do I turn in my application?

If you are applying to the SFUSD for the first time, submit your application in person at the EPC by the deadline.

The EPC is located at 555 Franklin Street, Room 100. It will be open during the Winter Break, except on December 26th and January 2nd for the holidays.

The EPC is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. It opens at 10:00am on the third Friday of every month.

The EPC has a permanent satellite location for enrollment at Leola Havard Early Education School, 1520 Oakdale Avenue. Their hours are 8:30am-2:30pm.

You may also drop off your application at the following temporary locations:
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017: West Portal Elementary School, 5 Lenox Way, 4-7pm
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Sutro Elementary School, 235 12th Avenue, 4-7 pm 
If you already have a child enrolled in an SFUSD school, you may submit the application at the EPC or at your child’s school. Elementary schools accept applications in the main office. Middle schools generally collect them in the counseling office.

Will my younger child lose the sibling tie-breaker if my older child's school is not our first choice?

You do not have to rank your older child’s school first in order to get the sibling tie-breaker (priority). You should rank your choices in the order you truly prefer them.

When your older child’s school is selecting students, you get the sibling tie-breaker no matter where it is ranked on your list. After the selections are done for each school, the order of your choices is considered, and you are assigned to the school highest on your list of the ones which selected your child.

Will my child be automatically assigned to our feeder middle school?


The new middle school feeder pattern assignment policy, adopted by the Board of Education on June 14, 2011, has been put on hold for students who are applying for the 2017-2018 school year. Current SFUSD 5th grade families must still fill out an application and submit it at your elementary school or at the EPC. You will NOT be automatically placed at your feeder school.

If you list your feeder school on your application, you will receive the tie-breaker for your feeder school, no matter how you rank it.

Will my child lose the feeder school tie-breaker if our feeder school is not our first choice?

You do not have to rank your feeder school first in order to get the feeder school tie-breaker. You should rank your choices in the order you truly prefer them.

When your feeder school is selecting students, you get the feeder school tie-breaker no matter where it is ranked on your list. After the selections are done for each school, the order of your choices is considered, and you are assigned to the school highest on your list of the ones which selected your child.

What if I missed the Round 1 December deadlines for Lowell or SOTA high school applications?


The deadline to apply for Lowell High School for 9th grade was December 16, 2016. There is only one chance to apply to Lowell for 9th grade. If you missed that deadline for the 2017-2018 school year, then you can apply for 10th grade by submitting an application in May or June of 2018, for the following school year. In order to qualify, your child must take four of the following subjects in every semester of high school: English, Laboratory Sciences, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Foreign Language.

The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (SOTA) has a second round application process. Submit your SFUSD application to the EPC or to your current school by January 13, 2017. Submit the SOTA application to SOTA by 3pm on February 15, 2017. Second round auditions will take place on March 4th.

Where can I find answers to my other questions?
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