Process Questions
High School Specialty Program Application

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When do I find out if I got into a specialty program I applied for?

Notification letters will be sent out on Friday, January 29, 2021. 

If accepted into a specialty program, applicants needed to complete the process by registering at the Enrollment Center.  Dates for registration are listed in the notification letters.

Are translation services available during the application process?

Video tutorials are available to walk families how to use fill out the application in Chinese, Hmong, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

If my student is already enrolled in his/her specialty program does he/she need to reapply?

No. You do not need to reapply to your specialty program. The school the specialty program resides at becomes your neighborhood school.

Does my student have the right to return to his/her original neighborhood school after being accepted into a specialty program?

The high school that the specialty program resides at becomes your neighborhood school. In order to return to your original neighborhood school, you must apply for an intra-district permit through the Enrollment Center between April 1, 2021 through May 3, 2021. Intra-district permits are requests and not a guarantee for placement.

I live within the Sacramento City Unified School District boundary, but my child is attending a private school. Can my child apply to a High School Specialty Program?

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 pre-register with our district within the dates of November 3, 2020 through December 4, 2020.  This process registers you as a future student that will then allow you to apply online for a High School Specialty Program.

If my child is attending a SCUSD School on an inter-district permit (i.e., you live outside the district boundaries) can I apply for a High School Specialty Program?

No, inter-district permitted students are not eligible. 

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 11, 2021 for students who wish to apply during our inter and intra permit window April 1, 2021 – May 3, 2021. Please contact the Enrollment Center for more information.

Where can I get an inter-district permit?

You can get an inter-district permit from your own school district. Your current district must approve the inter-district permit first, and then you must submit it to the SCUSD Enrollment Center for processing.  Inter-district permits must have attendance, behavior, and grade reports attached.

I live outside of the Sacramento City Unified School District boundary. Can my student apply to a High School Specialty Program?

No, students who live outside the district boundaries are not eligible. 

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 11, 2021 for students who wish to apply during our inter and intra permit window April 1, 2021 – May 3, 2021. Please contact the Enrollment Center for more information.

I live outside of the Sacramento City Unified School District boundary and one of my students already attends a High School Specialty Program. Do my other students have sibling preference? 

No, out-of-district students with a current sibling in a High School Specialty Program do not have sibling preference.  Students who live outside the district boundaries may apply during our Permit Window, April 1, 2021 – May 3, 2021, to High School Specialty Programs that still have openings. 

I am a Sacramento City Unified School District employee and live outside of the Sacramento City Unified School District boundary. Does my student have preference to attend a High School Specialty Program at my school?

No, students who live outside the district boundaries are not eligible. Students who live outside the district boundaries may apply during our Permit Window, April 1, 2021 – May 3, 2021, to High School Specialty Programs that still have openings. 

However, students who live within our district boundaries whose parent/guardian’s primary place of employment is at the selected school are given lottery priority.