Application Questions
High School Specialty Program Application

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How do I log into the online application?

  • Students login with their SCUSD Student Email and Date of Birth (format: mm/dd/yyyy – include slashes) to access the High School Specialty Program Application. If you have issues logging in or do not know what your student email is please contact your school.
  • Students who live outside our district boundaries will fill out a hard copy application available at the SCUSD Enrollment Center.

How many specialty programs can I apply to?

You may apply up to two specialty programs.

Is there a separate Open Enrollment process?

No, the Open Enrollment process has been combined with the specialty program application so applicants only have one application to fill out.  

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.

Do I have to turn in a transcript and standardized test scores?

  • If you are a current SCUSD student, the transcript and test scores will be automatically sent to the program through the online application.
  • If you are a student who lives outside our district boundaries, you will need to submit a transcript and test scores with your completed hard copy application to the Enrollment Center.

How do I submit teacher recommendations to the programs?

  • If you are a current SCUSD student, programs that require teacher recommendations will require you to select your current Language Arts teacher and one other teacher before you can submit the online application. Your teachers will receive an email requesting them to fill out a recommendation form for you via Infinite Campus.
  • If you are a student who lives outside our district boundaries and apply to a program that requires recommendations, you will need to give two current teachers a recommendation form and stamped envelope to fill in and mail to the Enrollment Center. More information about this can be found in the application packet.

Where do I take the essay or test component for the programs that require it?

  • If you are a SCUSD student, you will have the ability to write your essay(s) or take the West Campus test at your middle or K-8 school.  For more information and to RSVP for the essay and/or test sessions visit https://www.scusd.edu/hsapplication-test. Specific essay/test dates are:
    • C.K. McClatchy HISP essay on December 6th
    • John F. Kennedy PACE essay on December 11th
    • Kit Carson International Academy Middle Years Programme essay on December 11th
    • Rosemont LEAD essay on December 11th
    • West Campus High School test on December 13th
  • If you are a student who lives outside our district’s boundaries, you can take the essay or test component at the SCUSD Serna Center. For more information and to RSVP for the essay and test sessions go to https://www.scusd.edu/hsapplication-test. Specific essay/test dates are:
    • C.K. McClatchy HISP essay on December 8th
    • John F. Kennedy PACE essay on December 15th
    • Kit Carson International Academy Middle Years Programme essay on December 15th
    • Rosemont LEAD essay on December 8th
    • West Campus High School test on December 15th

How can I make a change to a submitted application?

Only one application can be submitted per applicant. Please call the Enrollment Center at (916) 643-9075 with questions about your application.

How will I know you received my online application?

Once you successfully submit an online application, you will receive a confirmation screen that you can print for your records. Confirmation emails will also be sent to the student’s parents/guardians using the email on record in Infinite Campus.

If your parent/guardian would like to add or change their email in Infinite Campus have them 1) login to the parent portal and 2) go to the Account Management page. If your parent/guardian has any questions about accessing their Infinite Campus account, please have them contact your school.

I missed the essay/test for the specialty program I applied for. What do I do?

Please contact the Enrollment Center at (916) 643-9075.

Can I turn in a late application?

No late applications will be accepted.

Are my chances of getting into my first choice program increased if I apply early?

No. It doesn’t matter when you apply, as long as you apply within the application timeline. The application process is not on a first-come, first-served basis. The District utilizes a computerized, third-party lottery system to ensure fairness.