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 Monday, January 27, 2020. 

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?

Yes, walk-in dates are for students and parents who need assistance with translations. Translators will be available in Chinese, Hmong, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Walk-in dates will take place at the SCUSD Enrollment Center (5601 47th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824).

  • Wednesday December 11th, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Thursday December 12th, 2019 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Friday December 13th, 2019 from 9:00am to 11:00am

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 Wednesday, April 1, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020. 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 18, 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.

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 7, 2020 for students who wish to apply during our inter and intra permit window April 1, 2020 - May 1, 2020. 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, our website or you can get a form from the SCUSD’s Enrollment Center at 5601 47th Avenue or call us at (916) 643-2400. 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 7, 2020 for students who wish to apply during our inter and intra permit window April 1, 2020 - May 1, 2020. Please contact the Enrollment Center for more information.