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Choice Enrollment Policies

Políticas en español

School Choice is designed for students who wish to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. School Choice offers students the option of applying to San Diego Unified School District schools outside of their neighborhood. Students may continue through the regular feeder pattern (elementary to middle school and middle to high school) without reapplying once accepted through the application process as long as space is available. No student transportation is provided with the School Choice program enrollment. Parents must provide or make transportation arrangements. This also applies to neighborhood routes.

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School Choice

Students who enroll in any School Choice program, including Choice, Magnet, and Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP), are encouraged to remain in the school or program through the end of each school year. Students enrolled in a School Choice program have the same rights and responsibilities as resident students.


Siblings of concurrently enrolled students receive the highest priority when a school choice application is submitted during the Priority Enrollment Options time period, prior to the school year desired. The priority time period for school year 2024-2025 begins on October 2, 2023 and ends on November 15, 2023. There is no "legacy" priority, or priority for siblings of pupils who have or will have already been promoted out of the school.


Students may leave the program and return to the neighborhood school during the first four weeks of the school year. After that time period, the parent must complete a Transfer Request to Return to Neighborhood School form to return to their neighborhood school and have the approval of the neighborhood school administrator who must determine if space is available at the neighborhood school. The only exception to the policy is for students who have moved out of the transportation pattern and no longer have transportation to the school. They should enroll immediately into the neighborhood school.

A student who transfers from the choice school and then wishes to return to that program will be subject to all eligibility and enrollment criteria.


Students who move outside of a school's attendance area, but are still in the boundaries of SDUSD, must apply through School Choice, and be accepted, in order to continue enrollment at the school. There is a weighted priority for these applicants. Students who move outside of the San Diego Unified School District's boundaries into another school district must apply through School Choice to continue attending their school, and have an approved Interdistrict Attendance Permit on file. The enrollment will be subject to all eligibility and enrollment criteria.

Magnet Program

The Magnet Program allocates additional resources to specific schools allowing for innovative themes, learning materials and equipment to significantly enhance student learning and attract students across the district.

  • A student enrolled in a magnet program will not be allowed to make a parallel transfer to another magnet program of the same emphasis at the same level (elementary, middle/junior, senior).

  • Transportation guidelines for ridership apply.

  • Students who have made a commitment to a specific magnet theme are given first priority to continue the same theme when the student changes level/articulates (elementary to middle school and middle to high school).

  • Students accepted to foreign language magnets may need to be assessed for language proficiency prior to completing the enrollment process
  • Once accepted, students may continue through the school's regular feeder pattern (elementary to middle school and middle to high school) without reapplying. Transportation is not provided. (This is not valid at atypical magnet schools, i.e., those without a resident boundary.)

Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program

The Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP) offers transportation to students residing within a specific boundary and encourages students from one community to attend approved pattern schools in another community.

  • Once accepted, students may continue through the regular feeder pattern (elementary to middle school and middle to high school) without reapplying. Transportation is provided as long as the student resides in the VEEP pattern school and all transportation guidelines are met. Transportation is limited and may be reduced based on final budgetary decisions. VEEP Boundary Patterns for 2023-2024 School Year.

  • Transportation guidelines for ridership apply.


Transportation in SDUSD is limited. Only district residents who are accepted into a dedicated Magnet or VEEP program are qualified riders, and distance out and minimum ridership rules apply. No transportation is available to pupils enrolled via Choice (includes in-district and out-of-district residents). There is no "space available" transportation offered to any enrollees.