Choice Application Window for 2019-2020 School Year


The priority Enrollment Options Choice application window for 2019-2020 school year was from October 1, 2018 to  November 13, 2018.  We continue to accept late online applications.  Those applications will be processed in time/date order of receipt and will be added to school waitlists.

Our LocationWelcome Center graphic

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 was 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

The following are answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding Choice for 2019-20: 

Enrollment Options Logo

Choice Application Window for the 2019-20 School Year:

The window to submit 2019-20 School Choice applications with on time priority was October 1 - November 13, 2018.  

Enrollment Options Guide (Choice Catalog) for the 2019-20 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 Application Window for the 2018-19 School Year:

The November 13, 2017 priority deadline for Enrollment Options Choice Applications for the 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.

Choice Lottery Timeline:

The electronic lottery will be conducted in mid February 2019.  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 2019-20 school year.


Interdistrict Attendance Permits for the 2019-20 school year will be accepted beginning March 1, 2019. These permits must be processed in person.

2019-20 Enrollment Guide

View the Catalog English | Español

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 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 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 2019-20 school year is October 1 to November 13, 2018.

(Solicitudes aceptadas el 1 de octubre al 13 de noviembre 2018)

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.

Apply in English Aplicar Espanol   

(Applications accepted October 1 through November 13, 2018)

(Solicitudes aceptadas el 1 de octubre al 13 de noviembre 2018)

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

Related Resources