Applying for SFUSD Round 2

The San Francisco Unified School District mails the Round 1 assignment letters each year in mid-March. Within a few days, parents receive their offers for Round 1 school assignments.

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 Round 2 or any subsequent round. 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 Round 2 application at the Educational Placement Center (EPC).

Parents who reapply must submit their Round 2 applications by the SFUSD early April deadline. The application for Round 2 is called the Amended Application Form. It will be available to download after school assignment letters are mailed, from the SFUSD. You do not need to resubmit proof of address documentation with your Round 2 application, but you do need to submit the application in person at one of these locations:

  • Educational Placement Center, 555 Franklin Street, Room 100

  • Leola Havard Early Education School, 1520 Oakdale Avenue

Parents should only list schools on their Round 2 applications that they want more than the Round 1 schools where they registered their children. If the district is able to offer you another school in Round 2, you will automatically lose your Round 1 assignment. So only apply to schools that you want more.

Your Round 1 list of schools is not taken into account in Round 2. You may add more schools, remove schools, or reorder your list on your Round 2 application. As we recommend in Round 1, list your schools in the order you truly prefer them. For Round 2, you may still list as many schools as you like, so you should rank every school that you would prefer over the Round 1 assignment.

The SFUSD mails the Round 2 assignment letters in mid-May.

If you receive a new assignment as a result of Round 2, then:

  • Your child’s spot in their Round 1 school will be released.

  • Register at your Round 2 school by the SFUSD late May or early June deadline.

  • You can still reapply for the Wait Pool in Rounds 3–4 for a higher choice.

If you do not receive a new assignment in Round 2, then:

  • Your child remains assigned to their Round 1 school if you registered in time.

  • Your child is not offered any school if you did not register at your Round 1 school.

  • You can still reapply for the Wait Pool in Rounds 3–4.

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.