How to Apply for SFUSD Round 3

The San Francisco Unified School District mails the Round 2 assignment letters in mid-May each year.

All families who applied for Round 2 receive a letter. Your letter might assign your child to a school you requested on your Round 2 application. If you were not placed into any of your Round 2 requested schools, then your letter might:

  • Confirm that your child is still assigned at your Round 1 registered school.

  • Notify you that your child has no school assignment because you did not accept your Round 1 offer.

  • Offer your child an assignment to the school closest to your home with an open seat, if Round 2 was your first application in this enrollment cycle.

All parents who receive a new assignment should register at their assigned schools by the late May or early June deadline that will be stated in the letter from SFUSD.

If you do not register by the deadline, then your child loses the spot and you will have to start the process over. If you register by the deadline, then your child holds that spot even if you submit an application for Round 3 or any subsequent round. If you register, your held spot is released only if you are assigned to another school or program that you want more.

If you registered at your Round 1 assigned school, and Round 2 confirms that assignment, you do not need to register again.

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

If you would like to apply for another school, then by the May or June deadline you should register at your assigned school and submit a Round 3 application at the EPC.

To participate in Round 3, parents must submit their applications by the late May or early June deadline.

The application for Round 3 is called the Wait Pool Form. It is available on the SFUSD website. You do not need to resubmit proof of address documentation with your Round 3 application. You do need to bring your ID and apply in person at the Educational Placement Center at 555 Franklin Street, Room 100.

You may only request one school for the wait pool.

Only request a school on your Wait Pool Form that you want more than the school where your child is already registered.

If the district is able to offer you your wait pool school or program in Round 3, you automatically lose your previous assignment. So only apply to a school or program that you want more.

Seats are assigned using the same system of tie-breakers and lottery that were used in Rounds 1 and 2.

The SFUSD mails the Round 3 assignment letters in mid-June.

If you receive a new assignment as a result of Round 3, then:

  • You receive a letter notifying you of the assignment.

  • Your child’s spot in their previously registered school is released.

  • Your child is automatically registered at the new school.

  • This is your child’s final assignment. You are not eligible to participate in Round 4.

If you do not receive a new assignment in Round 3, then:

  • You do not receive a notification letter.

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

  • Your child does not have a school assignment if you did not register at your previously offered school.

  • Your wait pool request remains active for Round 4 if you do not change or withdraw your request.

  • You may change or cancel your wait pool request for Round 4 by the SFUSD August deadline. You may do this in person or by sending an email to

We understand that it can be stressful to finish this school year while being uncertain about next year’s school placement. Please hang in there! In a previous year, over 700 families received their wait pool school.

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