Applying for SFUSD May Placement Period or Placement Appeals

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Families who received a San Francisco public school assignment they are not satisfied with can submit an application for the May Placement Period (formerly know as “Round 2”) by April 5, 2019. This is also the deadline to file a Placement Appeal. 

May Placement Period

Anyone can participate in the May Placement Period by submitting the May Placement Period Application Form in person at the Educational Placement Center (EPC) at 555 Franklin Street. Take photo ID, a copy of the your prior application, a proofs of address if you have moved or this is your first time applying, and the May Placement Period application form which is available online here or can be picked up in person at EPC. Families should list only any school(s) they prefer over their assigned school. Students will be automatically unenrolled in their March Placement Period (Round 1) assigned school, even if they have already registered, if they are offered a spot at one of their May Placement Period choices. If there are more than ten preferred schools, then list the additional schools or programs on the Additional Choices Form or on a separate sheet of paper.


The appeals process can be used by those who face special circumstances. There are two types of appeals:

  • Medical Appeal: for a student whose own medical condition cannot be accommodated appropriately at the assigned school.

  • Family Hardship Appeal: for a student whose family faces a unique hardship within the household.

Decisions are made by a committee, and their decision is final. Applications should include as much documentation as possible to make a compelling case for the student's or the family's unique situation. The case should focus on why the specific requested school would meet the family's needs in a way that the assigned school would not.

Families may appeal for placement into one school. Submit the March Appeal Form and paperwork for the appeal, together with a May Placement Period application, by April 5, 2019. Even though only one school may be requested on the appeal, include any options preferred over the initial assignment in the May Placement Period application.


We recommend that all families register for their assigned schools, whether they are satisfied with their assignment or intend to pursue another assignment through the May Placement Period, Appeals, or Wait Pool processes. Registering will not reduce the chances of getting a school that is preferred, and will prevent an assignment to a less desired school. That said, for families who are certain that their student will not attend their assigned school, there is no strategic reason to register at the assigned school. Registration is not required to participate in the May Placement Period or summer Wait Pool. Registration must happen in person at your student’s assigned school by April 5, 2019.

SFUSD Application Forms

SFUSD Placement Appeals