High School Specialty Program Application

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

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 lewisl@scusd.edu with questions about your student’s application.