NSEO Temporary Office Closure

The Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options office located at Annex 12 at the Ed Center will be closed to the public from June 26 through July 7, 2017 for personnel transitions and training.  We will reopen to serve the public and our schools on July 10, 2017.  

2018-19 School Choice Application Window

The Choice application window for school year 2018-19 will be from October 2, 2017 through November 13, 2017.

2017-18 School Choice Enrollment Notification Process

 The following are answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding Choice for 2017-18: 

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Choice Application Window and Lottery:

The window to submit 2017-18 School Choice applications was October 3 - November 14, 2016.  After the deadline, applications will only be accepted for new-to-district students--including military and all incoming TK/Kindergarten pupils--and for families who move to a different area within the district boundaries.A computerized, weighted, random lottery was conducted on February 22, 2017.


Notification Process and Timeline:

First Choice acceptance notification emails or letters via U.S. mail were sent the first week of March to the email or postal address on file with your child's application.  The notification directs parents to contact the school of Choice to confirm enrollment. Schools also received the Choice lists and will also contact families to confirm acceptance.

Families who did not receive their first Choice school will not receive a letter, but will be contacted should any vacancy occur and their child is next in queue.   Beginning mid-March 2017, 2nd Choice school sites will contact parents directly, in order of their list, should space become available.  By the end of March 2017, 3rd Choice sites will contact parents should space become available.  After all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Choice applicants have been processed for a school, the school will then be able to request late applicants if there is still space available.  Specific wait list information will not be made public.

Schools may only enroll Choice applicants until they have reached a pre-determined capacity for each grade level.  Some schools have very low capacity for Choice students and receive a very high number of Choice applications.  If you applied to only these types of schools, your child's chances of acceptance will be very low.  If you have not been contacted by a school of your Choice by the end of May 2017, your child will not likely be offered enrollment there, and you are encouraged to visit your neighborhood school to request a tour.

Choice enrollment, with the exception of new-to-district students, will be completed in May 2017 for the 2017-18 school year.  If there are summer drops that create space for applicants, families may be contacted when school offices reopen in August. Choice applications become null on August 28, 2017.



Interdistrict Attendance Permits for the 2017-18 school year will be accepted beginning March 1, 2017. These permits must be processed in person.


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The Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options department has relocated to the new Family Welcome and Enrollment Center in Annex 12 at the Education Center.  Our new telephone number is 619-260-2410. You can also send us questions electronically using the online Enrollment Options contact form, and you will receive an email response. We look forward to seeing you in our new office!

The Family Welcome and Enrollment Center/Annex 12 is located on the west side of the Ed Center along Campus Avenue, next to Birney Elementary School. View map.

2017-18 Enrollment Guide

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Enrollment Guide

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.

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Other Enrollment Options

Every school and program supports the district’s commitment to ensure 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 3 - November 14, 2016 for the 2017-18 school year.

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 is provided, but only within these VEEP patterns. Learn more.

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 fulltime 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 2017-2018 school year is October 3 to November 14, 2016.

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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