Application Questions
High School Specialty Program Application


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.

If you live within our district boundaries, but do not go to a SCUSD school, you must preregister first to be able to login and apply online.

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 inter and intra-district permit window April 1, 2020 - May 1, 2020. Please contact the Enrollment Center for more information.

How do I preregister?

If you currently reside within the boundaries of Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) and are currently not attending one of our schools and you wish to apply for a High School Specialty Program, you will need to preregister with our district within the dates of November 12, 2019 through December 20, 2019.  This process registers you as a future student that will then allow you to apply online for a High School Specialty Program.

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.

Students who live within our district boundaries but do not go to a SCUSD school, are required to provide transcripts and standardized test scores to the Enrollment Center by December 20, 2019 at 11:00am.

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.

Students who live within our district boundaries but do not go to a SCUSD school will receive two forms for their current Language Arts teacher and one other teacher to fill out and mail to the Enrollment Center by Friday, January 10, 2020.

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

All essay or test sessions are posted online and communicated through our middle and K-8 schools. 

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.