Choice Application Window for 2019-2020 School Year

The EO Choice application window for 2019-2020 school year will open on October 1, 2018 and close on November 13, 2018.

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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.

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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 1 - November 13, 2018 for the 2019-20 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 (858) 496-8126 or visit their website at:


2018-19 School Choice Application window

The November 13, 2017 priority deadline for Enrollment Options Choice Applications for school year 2018-19 has passed.  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 to apply.


The following are answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding Choice for 2018-19: 

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Choice Application Window and Lottery:

The window to submit 2018-19 School Choice applications was October 2 - November 13, 2017.  Currently, applications are only being 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 in February 2018.


Notification Process and Timeline:

First Choice acceptance notification emails were sent in early March to the email address on file with your child's application.  The notification directed parents to contact the school of Choice to confirm enrollment. Schools will also received the Choice acceptance lists and also contacted families to confirm acceptance.

Families who did not receive their first Choice school should of received an email notice of waitlist status and contacted should any vacancy occur and their child was next in queue.  After all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Choice applicants have been processed for a school, the school was 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 2018, 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, was completed in May 2018 for the 2018-19 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, 2018.



Interdistrict Attendance Permits for the 2018-19 school year will be accepted beginning March 1, 2018. These permits must be processed in person.



2018-19 Enrollment Guide

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Mod/Severe Locations

Click here for a list of schools by high school cluster area that currently provide 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 imay be 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 2018-19 school year was October 2 to November 13, 2017.

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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% of applicants receiving 1st choice school 2016-17

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