HSSP Application Process

Application Process
for the High School Specialty Program Application


The High School Specialty Program application is now closed for students living within the Sacramento City Unified School District boundaries.

Before applying for a specialty program, all families must create a SchoolMint account. Once your parent/guardian account is created on SchoolMint, add your student(s) to the account.

Families with students that currently attend a non-SCUSD school will select that their student is not currently enrolled and manually add their student’s information to SchoolMint. This information will be verified before the application enters the lottery. 

Families with a student currently at a SCUSD school will select that their student is currently enrolled and then enter their Student ID number, student’s first and last name, date of birth. This information allows SchoolMint to pull in existing information that is on file in Infinite Campus, SCUSD’s Student Information System. 

Once registered, families can apply for a High School Specialty Program on SchoolMint for their incoming 9-12th graders between October 30 at 8:00 a.m. – November 17 at 5:00 p.m. All communications about specialty program application will be sent through SchoolMint either by email, text or both. 

SchoolMint accounts also allows families to apply to K-8 Open Enrollment and District Permit Requests.

SCUSD Parent/Guardians must Submit an Annual Update form

If your student is currently enrolled in SCUSD, you must complete an Annual Update through your Infinite Campus Parent Portal to verify your address and contact information. Acceptance into a specialty program is considered a change in enrollment and requires updated verification. View directions on how to complete the Annual Update form. 

We recommend completing this step as soon as possible so that if your student is offered a spot at a specialty program, you will simply accept the offer in SchoolMint to guarantee enrollment. No other steps will be required. 

If you do not have an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account, request an activation key from your student’s current school office to create an account. Once you have an active Infinite Campus Parent Portal account, follow the steps to complete the Annual Update form.

New Students Must Complete Official Registration Form

If accepted into a specialty program, new students to the district will need to complete a full registration form. A link to this form will be included in the notifications sent to families.

Address Verification Documentation

When applicants are accepted into a specialty program, they will have to upload one of the following options to their registration form. (Ed. Code 48204.1):

  • Utility service contract, statement, or payment receipts
  • Property tax payment receipts
  • Rental property contract, lease with payment receipts
  • Voter registration
  • Correspondence from a government agency
  • Pay stubs
  • No Address Verification in Your Name?
    • Primary/permanent residence: If you live in a Primary/Permanent Residence, submit an Address Affidavit completed and signed by you and with the required Documentation.
    • Unhoused/homeless: If you are unhoused/homeless, submit a completed and signed Housing Survey.

Students Living Outside SCUSD boundaries

Students who live outside our district boundaries can apply to specialty programs during the permit process April 15 – May 3, 2024. 

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.


Please contact Becky Petrie is at becky-petrie@scusd.edu with any questions about the application process.