Time to Choose Your School

If you’d like to choose the San Diego Unified school that your child will attend next year, you have just about a month to get in your School Choice application.

What does that mean? Well, if you live within the San Diego Unified School District, you have the option of sending your children to your neighborhood school OR choosing to transfer into another school. That might be a traditional school in a different neighborhood or one of the district’s many charter or magnet schools.


What’s a charter or a magnet you ask? Charter schools are public schools that may provide instruction in any of grades K-12 that are created or organized by a group of teachers, parents, community leaders or a community-based organization. They usually have more freedoms in hiring and retaining teachers, more authority over their budgets and over the way their school is run. Some popular San Diego Unified charter schools include Albert Einstein Academy, High Tech Elementary (and middle and high) and Urban Discovery. 

A magnet school is an entire school with a special focus such as science, art, physical education, etc. These programs and schools are designed to attract students from across a district. Some examples of magnet schools in San Diego Unified include The Language Academy, Spanish dual language immersion and French immersion, Crown Point Elementary junior music conservatory with Suzuki violin and Linda Vista Elementary with its science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) focus.

The window to submit 2018-19 School Choice applications is October 2 – November 13, 2017.  After the deadline, applications will only be accepted for new-to-district students–including military and all incoming TK/Kindergarten pupils–and for families who move to a different area within the district boundaries.

A computerized, weighted, random lottery will be conducted in February 2018.

Explore your school choice on the San Diego Unified website here: sandiegounified.org/neighborhood-schools-and-enrollment-options


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