SFUSD Enrollment: Elementary School

posted Apr 8, 2016, 11:04 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 9:29 AM ]

Ready to apply for public elementary school in San Francisco? 

We are here to help! Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco provides information on navigating the enrollment process and finding a school that is the right fit for your family. See our Start Your Search article to get started in finding a school. Please visit the SFUSD site for a list of key dates and exact deadlines. Need more information? Please come to one of our free workshops.

You have the option of applying for any school in San Francisco. You will have a preference for your attendance area school if you list it on your application, but there is no guaranteed assignment to any school, even your attendance area school.

Elementary School Enrollment Basics

Attendance area school. Every home address has an assigned attendance area school. You will be given preference to your attendance area school if you list it on your application, however there is no guarantee that you will be assigned to it. Use the SFUSD school locator to locate your attendance area school

Citywide schools. Citywide schools do not have an attendance area. Citywide schools are:
  • Newcomer programs and schools (programs targeted to non-English speaking students new to SFUSD)
  • Biliteracy and language immersion programs 
  • San Francisco Public Montessori School 
  • K-8 schools
Tie-breakers. In the event that there are more applicants than seats available in a particular school, a tie-breaker must be implemented. The tie-breakers are implemented in the following order:
  • Siblings: younger siblings of students who are enrolled in and will be attending the school during the year for which the younger sibling requests attendance
  • SFUSD PreK or Transitional Kindergarten (TK): students who live in the attendance area of the school and are also attending an SFUSD PreK or TK program in the same attendance area
  • Test score areas: students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores
  • Attendance area: students who live in the attendance area of the school, but not applicable for citywide schools
  • Others: If the above tie-breakers do not resolve ties, then ties will be resolved by random lottery
If you do not get one of your choices, you will be offered your attendance area school if it has openings. Otherwise you will be offered the school closest to your home with openings.

Questions? Please come to one of our free enrollment workshops!