High School Specialty Program Application
Thank you for your interest in Sacramento City Unified School District’s high school specialty programs.
Applications will be accepted November 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. through November 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Step 1: Learn about the programs
- Learn about the 30 specialty programs we offer through our district.
- Attend virtual information events to learn more about the specialty programs, see tours of the campuses, and talk to faculty and students currently in the programs.
- Watch a presentation about our specialty programs and the application process.
- Download an infographic (English or Spanish) explaining the application process.
Step 2: Apply online
Between November 1 – 30, students who live within our district boundaries can apply to high school specialty programs through an open enrollment application. The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Learn about the application process.
Students who live outside our district boundaries can apply to specialty programs in April 2022. Fill out our high school specialty program interest form to receive updates and additional information about the spring application process.
Out-of-district applicants who meet the program requirements will be accepted or go on the waiting list after qualified in-district applicants per California Education Code.
Step 3: Take additional assessments
Additional assessments are only required for the following programs:
C.K. McClatchy HISP and John F. Kennedy PACE Programs
Two of our high school specialty programs require students to submit an essay as part of their application.
Students that apply to the C.K. McClatchy HISP or John F. Kennedy PACE program, will receive an email invitation sent to their parent/guardian on file on December 1, 2021 to attend an essay session.
C.K. McClatchy VAPA Program
A portfolio for one of the three specialties (visual art, theater or music) must be submitted to the C.K. McClatchy VAPA program by November 30, 2021. Instructions on how to submit a portfolio can be found at http://ckmvapa.org/apply-instruct-inform.
West Campus Program
SCUSD students that apply to West Campus will not need to complete any additional exams. Existing data sources will be considered in lieu of extra assessments.
All other students who apply to West Campus will receive an email invitation sent to their parent/guardian on December 1, 2021 to take an additional assessment.
Step 4: Receive a notification letter
Notification letters will be mailed via U.S. mail in late January 2022.
If accepted into a specialty program, applicants will need to complete the process by registering online. Instructions will be included in the notification letters.
Applicants will be automatically dropped from the specialty program acceptance list, if they do not register by the deadline.
Please contact Lisa Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about your student’s application.