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?

The Enrollment Center will mail out notification letters to applicants by the end of January 2019.

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 12th, 2018 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Thursday December 13th, 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Friday December 14th, 2018 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 school 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, 2019 – May 17, 2019. 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?

Students who live within SCUSD boundaries but do not go to a SCUSD school should:

  • Pre-register at the Enrollment Center by November 13 – December 20, 2018 to be considered an in-district applicant. Pre-registration allows applicants to participate in a specialty program lottery when eligible applications exceed the grade capacity at the requested specialty program.
  • Pick up a hard copy application at the SCUSD Enrollment Center.
  • Submit your application to the Enrollment Center by December 20, 2018 at 12:00pm. Remember some programs require additional requirements so you must have submitted a complete application to be considered.

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?

Yes, as an out-of-district applicant through a secondary process, but will not be considered for admittance until our permit window opens April 1, 2019 – May 17, 2019.  

To apply:

  • Pick up a hard copy application at the SCUSD Enrollment Center.
  • Submit your application with your signed inter-district permit releasing your student to attend SCUSD for the fall of 2019-2020 to the Enrollment Center by December 20, 2018 at 12:00pm. Remember some programs require additional requirements so you must have submitted a complete application to be considered.

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.

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?

Yes, as an out-of-district applicant through a secondary process, but will not be considered for admittance until our permit window opens April 1, 2019 – May 17, 2019.  

To apply:

  • Pick up a hard copy application at the SCUSD Enrollment Center.
  • Submit your application with your signed inter-district permit releasing your student to attend SCUSD for the fall of 2019-2020 to the Enrollment Center by December 20, 2018 at 12:00pm. Remember some programs require additional requirements so you must have submitted a complete application to be considered.

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.