Applying for SFUSD May Placement Period (Round 2)

The San Francisco Unified School District mails assignment letters each year in mid-March to those families who turned in applications by the January deadline.

Some of you celebrate because your child is assigned to one of the schools on the top of your list. Some of you have mixed feelings because your child is assigned to a school that you listed, but there are other schools that you would want more than your assigned school. And some of you are disappointed because your child is assigned to a school that you did not even list on your application.

Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco is here to support all of you. We celebrate with those parents who are happy with their assigned schools, and we will help those parents who would like to reapply for schools that would be better suited for their families.

All parents should register at their assigned schools by the SFUSD early April deadline. If you do not register by the deadline, then your child will lose the spot and you will have to start the process over. If you do register in time, then your child will hold that spot even if you submit an application for the May Placement Period or any subsequent placement period. If you register, your held spot will only be released if you are assigned to another school that you want more.

If you are pleased with your assigned school, then you need only to register by the April deadline, and you are finished with the assignment process. Congratulations!

If you would like to apply for another school, then by the April deadline you should register at your assigned school and submit a May Placement Period application at the Educational Placement Center (EPC).

Parents who reapply must submit their May Placement Period applications by the SFUSD early April deadline. The May Placement Period Application Form will be available to download after school assignment letters are mailed, from the SFUSD. You should bring state-issued identification and proof of address documentation with your Round 2 application, and submit the application in person at the Educational Placement Center, 555 Franklin Street, Room 100.

Parents should only list schools on their May Placement Period applications that they want more than the schools where they registered their children. If the district is able to offer you another school in the May Placement Period, you will automatically lose your assignment, even if you have registered. So only apply to schools that you want more.

Your original list of schools is not taken into account in May Placement Period. You may add more schools, remove schools, or reorder your list on your May Placement Period application. We recommend that you list your schools in the order you truly prefer them. For the May Placement Period, you may still list as many schools as you like, so you should rank every school that you would prefer over your current assignment.

SFUSD mails the May Placement Period assignment letters in mid-May.

If you receive a new assignment as a result of the May Placement Period, then:

  • Your child’s spot in their previously assigned school will be released.

  • Register at your newly assigned school by the SFUSD late May or early June deadline.

  • You can still reapply for the Wait Pool for a higher choice.

If you do not receive a new assignment in May Placement Period, then:

  • Your child remains assigned to their previously assigned school if you registered in time.

  • Your child is not offered any school if you did not register at your previously assigned school.

  • You can still reapply for the Wait Pool.

We are here to help you if you have any questions about your next steps.

Among the PPS-SF staff, we have experienced both the elation of receiving our first choice school and the disappointment of receiving an assignment that was not a preference. We all ended up with schools that we love. We would like to help you navigate the next steps of the assignment process to find a great public school for your family.