Middle School:
Phase 1


Moving into middle school can feel like starting over in again kindergarten. Children go through many physical and emotional changes, and they start to develop definite opinions about what they want in a school environment. Take your child with you when you visit middle schools. What she or he notices at a school may surprise you.


SFUSD is a choice district.

Students do not automatically attend neighborhood middle schools. Although a preference (called a tie-breaker) is given to students who attend an elementary school that feeds into an assigned middle school, families can list any SFUSD middle schools or K-8 schools on their application forms.


Every currently enrolled SFUSD student has a feeder middle school.

Students are NOT automatically enrolled at their feeder middle school. You must turn in an application and put your middle school feeder on the application form.

Middle School Feeders


SFUSD middle schools offer language pathways.

Starting in the 6th grade, the elementary school Dual Language Immersion and Dual Language Biliteracy Pathways merge into the Secondary Dual Language Pathway for each language, so the program is for students who are already proficient in the pathway language. The Secondary World Language Pathway is for all students. Instruction in the elective language class is mainly in the target language.

Languages Other Than English in the SFUSD: Middle School and High School


Discover more about middle schools.

  1. Attend middle school tours and open houses, you will find information in the schools' websites

  2. Talk to a PPS-SF Parent Ambassador to ask questions about a specific school, email to get in touch

  3. Visit the SFUSD Enrollment Fair, which takes place each year at the end of October

  4. Sign up for a PPS-SF enrollment workshop here, or book a private workshop at your school or workplace. Please fill out the form on this page to reserve a private workshop. 


PPS-SF Tour Checklist 

PPS-SF Parent Ambassadors 

Resources for Special Education in the SFUSD


Other resources.

San Francisco Unified School District

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities


California State Dept of Education