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Application for School Choice Window Open

NEWS RELEASE: Application Window Opens for School Choice at San Diego Unified
Posted on 10/02/2023

October 2, 2023

SAN DIEGO – Starting today, and over the next six weeks, students in the San Diego Unified School District have the opportunity to enroll in schools outside their neighborhood boundaries, including magnet schools. The Choice window for the 2024-25 school year is now open. Click here for more information 

All San Diego Unified students are eligible to submit a Choice application, as are out-of-district students and those attending private or charter schools. 

More than 10,000 area students through all grade levels typically apply to San Diego Unified’s Choice program, and last year roughly 85 percent who applied on time received a spot at one of their top three school selections.

“Our neighborhood schools are the perfect fit for many of our families,” San Diego Unified Operations Support Officer Marceline Sciuto said. “But others may be looking for a specialty program offered at another school, like language immersion, STEAM, visual and performing arts or International Baccalaureate. Perhaps another location just fits better for childcare or a parent’s workplace. Whatever the reason, we have an excellent school for every family.” 

School Choice enrollment is determined through a computerized lottery system. Weight is given to factors such as sibling enrollment and magnet program continuity. Priority is not given based on when the application is received during the enrollment window, provided it comes in by the deadline of Wednesday, November 15. After that date, applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Click here to see specific programs offered by schools.

Families will receive an email notification by late February indicating whether a student has been accepted or waitlisted to a school of Choice.

Parent information sessions will be conducted via Zoom on October 11 and 12 in conjunction with our Family Engagement office.  Log in information is available at this link:  https://www.sandiegounified.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=28033813

The district offers personalized consultations for families who wish to discuss their options with an enrollment specialist, or for those having difficulty with the application process. The multilingual staff at the Family Welcome and Enrollment Center is available in English, Spanish and Tagalog at (619) 260-2410 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Media availability: Senior Director, Marceline Sciuto

Contact: Communications Director Maureen Magee, [email protected], (619) 381-7930