High School Specialty Program Application

High School Specialty Program Application

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Application Deadline: Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 5:00pm

The High School Specialty Program Application is an opportunity for each student who resides permanently within the boundaries of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) to apply for enrollment in a SCUSD high school specialty program, based on space availability for the 2020-2021 school year. SCUSD offers specialty programs at both our neighborhood and small specialized high schools.

Students who live outside our district boundaries (including those currently on an inter-district permit) are not eligible to participate in the online application.  A paper application will be available for download starting on January 7, 2020 for students who wish to apply during our intra and inter-district permit window April 1, 2020 - May 1, 2020. 

If you have any questions please contact the Enrollment Center at (916) 643-9075. 

2020-2021 Participating Specialty Programs

Some specialty programs have specific requirements to complete the application process. Carefully look over the program requirements for each program before applying. 

High School Specialty Programs and Requirements

Learn about Essay and Test Sessions for Criteria Programs

Application Process

The application process is not on a first-come, first-served basis. An application can be submitted anytime between Monday, November 18, 2019 through Thursday, December 19, 2019 to be considered. Only one application can be submitted per applicant.

Students will be able to apply to a first and (optional) second choice program through the application. 

When eligibility requirements are met, applications will either be accepted or moved on to a lottery system (previously called Open Enrollment). A lottery will be implemented when eligible applications exceed the grade capacity at the requested specialty program. 

The Enrollment Center will mail out notification letters to applicants on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Translation Assistance Walk-in Dates

Walk-in dates are for students and parents who need assistance with translations. Translators will be available in Chinese, Hmong, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Walk-in Dates will take place at the SCUSD Enrollment Center (5601 47th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824).

  • Wednesday December 11th, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Thursday December 12th, 2019 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Friday December 13th, 2019 from 9:00am to 11:00am