Please read the important message below before visiting our office.  Thank you.


All district offices are closed until further notice due to Covid-19 concerns

School Choice:

School sites are unable to process parent responses to offers of enrollment via Choice due to school closures.  Deadlines for responding are currently suspended until further notice.  Please check the SDUSD homepage for updated information on school closures, and continue to check this webpage for updated information on Choice.

Interdistrict Attendance Permits:

Interdistrict Attendance Permits cannot be processed at this time.  Please plan to visit us when we re open.  You may also send your permit form via US Mail, however, it will not be processed until our office re opens.

Pre-K for All:

The application window for Pre-K for All for 2019-20 closed on March 13, 2020.  Pre-K sites are currently closed. Please check the district home page for updates including distance learning information.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.




Oficinas del distrito están cerradas hasta nuevo aviso

debido a preocupaciones sobre el Corona Virus (Covid-19)


Opción de Inscripción Escolar (Choice):

Los sitios escolares no pueden procesar las respuestas de los padres a las ofertas de inscripción a través de Choice debido al cierre de escuelas. Los plazos para responder están actualmente suspendidos hasta nuevo aviso. Consulte la página web del districto en para obtener información actualizada sobre el cierre de escuelas y continúe consultando esta página web para obtener información actualizada sobre Choice.

Solicitud de Permiso para Asistencia Interdistrital:

Las Solicitudes de Permiso para Asistencia Interdistrital no se puedrán procesar en este momento. Por favor de venir cuando volvamos a abrir. También puede enviar su solicitud de permiso por correo, pero no se procesará hasta que vuelva a abrir nuestra oficina.

Pre-K para Todos:

La ventana de solicitud de Pre-K for All para 2019-20 se cerró el 13 de marzo de 2020. Los sitios de Pre-K están actualmente cerrados. Por favor, consulte la página de inicio del distrito para obtener actualizaciones, incluida la información de aprendizaje a distancia.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.


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The Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options department is located in the Family Welcome and Enrollment Center at the Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal Street, Annex 12, San Diego, 92103.  We are situated on the west side of the complex, facing Campus Avenue, adjacent to Birney Elementary School.  View map.  We are open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  We are closed during traditional school year Winter and Spring Breaks and on major holidays.  We are open during the traditional summer break.  We look forward to seeing you in our office!

You may contact us at 619-260-2410. You may also send us your enrollment questions electronically using the online Enrollment Options contact form, and you will receive an email response.

San Diego Unified is proud to offer a number of award-winning neighborhood schools along with a variety of other enrollment choices. It is not necessary to submit a school choice application to enroll at your neighborhood school. Simply contact the school directly about enrollment.

Start with your Neighborhood School

Each neighborhood school is unique, but all emphasize strong educational programs that reflect the needs and interests of children and families in their area. The school in each neighborhood is the cornerstone of the community. Neighborhood schools are community learning centers that provide support and continuity for families. It is here that children strengthen ties to their neighborhood, giving them a real connection to the community. The principal at your neighborhood school can share with you what the school's goals and strengths are.  You can get to know your neighborhood school by contacting the school directly for a tour and enrollment information. No School Choice application is necessary when planning to attend your neighborhood school.

Find your neighborhood school
Vision 2020: Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood - Learn more

Other Enrollment Options

Every school and program supports the district’s commitment to ensuring our students’ future success in college and career. Enrollment in these programs is available to all district students, including English Learners, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) and Special Education students. Enrollment is limited by available space at each school. Submitting an online application is required during the open enrollment options application period, which is October 7 - November 22, 2019, for the 2020-21 school year.

San Diego Unified also offers an Early Childhood Education Program. Income-eligible families can receive part-day preschool or extended-day preschool with Head Start services at State Preschool or full-day Child Development Centers. For more information, please call the Early Childhood Education Program Office at (619) 260-2450 or visit their website at

The following are answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding Choice for 2020-21: 

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Choice Application Window for the 2020-21 School Year:

The window to submit 2020-21 School Choice applications with on-time priority is October 7 - November 22, 2019.  

Enrollment Options Guide (Choice Catalog) for the 2020-21 School Year are Available:

The Enrollment Options Guide is available online on the NSEO public access web pages.  Hard copies were sent via US Mail to all families with currently enrolled pupils in SDUSD in late October.


Choice continues for the 2019-20 School Year:

SDUSD will continue to accept applications from new to district (including military) families, as well as families who have recently moved.  We also invite interested families from out of district and private or charter schools to apply at any time.

Choice Lottery Timeline:

The electronic lottery will be conducted in mid February 2020.  Parents will then receive an email regarding the status of their child's application.  Schools will contact parents to confirm acceptance of offers of Choice enrollment, and parents will receive instructions for completing the enrollment process for the 2020-21 school year.


Interdistrict Attendance Permits for the 2020-21 school year will be accepted beginning March 1, 2020. These permits must be processed in person.

2020-21 Enrollment Guide

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Enrollment Guide

Mod/Severe Locations

Click here for a list of schools by high school cluster area that currently provides a Special Education Moderate/Severe separate setting.

Magnet Programs

Provide in-depth, innovative, learning opportunities for students while meeting rigorous California state and Common Core curriculum standards. Opportunities include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), International Baccalaureate Studies, MicroSociety, Paideia and Language Immersion. See the complete list of MagnetsLearn more.

Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP)

VEEP allows students to attend other district schools. It is open to all students residing within a specific boundary of a school that has an approved VEEP pattern. Transportation may be provided, but only within these Middle School and High School VEEP patterns.

School Choice/Open Enrollment Act

Offers opportunities to apply to any school in the district on an availability basis only. School Choice students do not receive district-provided transportation. Learn more.

Online Learning

iHigh Virtual Academy is a WASC-accredited, online independent-study college-prep program for students in grades 9-12, offering either full-time or part-time (dual) enrollment. Learn more.

Charter Schools

Charters operate independently of the San Diego Unified. Please contact each school directly about enrollment. Charter School directory   Learn more

Online Applications

The priority application period for the 2020-21 school year is October 7 to November 22, 2019.

(Solicitudes aceptadas el 7 de octubre al 22 de noviembre 2019)

Applications will only be accepted after the deadline if the student is new to the district or is a current San Diego Unified student who has a change of residence. Proof of new residence is required.

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(Applications accepted October 7 through November 22, 2019)

(Solicitudes aceptadas el 7 de octubre al 22 de noviembre 2019)

Historical Data

% of applicants receiving 1st choice school 2018-19

% of applicants receiving 1st choice school 2017-18

% of applicants receiving 1st choice school 2016-17

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