Apply for a High School Specialty Program Starting November 16

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The High School Specialty Program Application is an opportunity for each student who resides permanently within the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) boundaries to apply for enrollment in a SCUSD high school specialty program, based on space availability for the 2021-2022 school year. Sac City Unified offers specialty programs at both our neighborhood and small specialized high schools.

We are focused on ensuring that every 8th grade student has an opportunity to apply to the high school program they believe will provide them with meaningful, engaging, and rigorous learning experiences. In addition to a traditional high school program, Sac City Unified offers 30 different specialty high school programs of choice designed to satisfy various  student interests and learning styles. This is the perfect time to begin learning about them in order for you to make an informed choice about your student’s high school experience. Specific application requirements for each program are available at

Learn more about all the specialty programs by visiting our high school websites, which feature additional information and virtual tours on their specific programs.

Application Process

Students will be able to apply to a first and second choice program starting Monday, November 16th through Thursday, December 17th. The application will be available at

We encourage families to take time to consider all their student’s options before applying. An application can be submitted anytime during the application window to be considered and there is no priority given to early applications. 

Three specialty programs – C.K. McClatchy HISP, John F. Kennedy PACE and West Campus – require students to take additional assessments as part of their application. This year, those assessments will be taken virtually. Additional communications will be sent out next week on how to register for the virtual assessment sessions. 

When eligibility requirements are met, applications will either be accepted or moved on to a lottery system. A lottery will be implemented when eligible applications exceed the grade capacity at the requested specialty program. If your student isn’t selected during this step, he/she will be placed on a waiting list for your first choice only.

The Sac City Unified Enrollment Center will mail out notification letters to applicants at the end of January 2021.

Have more questions? Learn more about the application process, including frequently asked questions, at