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Choice Enrollment

The Choice Application "Priority Window" for School Year 2024-2025 was from October 2, 2023 to November 15, 2023 and will be part of the lottery process which will be completed in February 2024.  Parent notifications of the lottery results will be sent via email in early March 2024.

Late applications may be submitted and will be processed in date/time order received. "Choice Priorities" do not apply to applications submitted after November 15, 2023. The last day to complete Choice application for school year 2024-2025 is August 9, 2024.    



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Discover San Diego Schools


Explore options for the 2023-2024 school year and learn more about the different programs available to families - and the brand-new Discover digital guide makes it easier than ever before!

The Discover guide allows parents to easily find and learn more about their neighborhood school, as well as create customized searches based on the factors most important to their family, including:

As we continue to add information to this new digital guide, we hope all parents will explore the tool and share their thoughts on how we can continue to improve. Please send any feedback to

[email protected].


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Choice Enrollment Policies

School Choice is designed for students who wish to attend a school other than their neighborhood school.


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Choice Priorities

Apply during the Choice Window for priority consideration. 


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Magnet Programs

Magnet schools offer students a unique opportunity for in-depth studies in a specific area of interest.


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The Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP) offers


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frequently asked questions


Choice Application Parent Guide

The Choice Application Workshops were held on October 11 and 12, 2023.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to apply to enroll in my neighborhood school?


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Click here for a list of high school cluster area schools that currently provide a Special Education Moderate/Severe separate setting.


Transportation for all programs is limited. Transportation provided per an IEP as a related service is only provided to the pupil's school of residence, or school of assignment by the Special Education department. It is not provided to a school of Choice. Parents who apply to a school other than the resident school or school of assignment waive the right to transportation as a related service. More information about transportation.


Charters operate independently of the San Diego Unified. Each school has its own enrollment and admissions procedures. For information about how to enroll your child in a charter school, please contact the charter school(s) directly.


CA legislation has updated the age requirements for students who are entering Universal Transitional Kindergarten. By the 2025-2026 school year, students turning 4 by September 1st will be offered Universal Transitional Kindergarten at all sites.

While parents are welcome to apply for Choice to UTK, we anticipate that seats will be limited.  Parents are urged, therefore, to pre-enroll in the school of residence in addition to applying for Choice for the best chance at an offer of enrollment.  Enrollment into UTK via Choice will not be communicated until after resident enrollment has been confirmed, likely to take place in early spring.

The following dedicated Magnet schools will only enroll UTK pupils via Choice, as these schools do not have traditional boundaries:  Barnard, Longfellow, Mountain View and Muir Language Academy.

For school year 2024-2025, UTK is offered at all elementary schools with the exception of Language Academy, Logan Memorial Education Campus and Mt. Everest.  To learn more about UTK, please visit the UTK webpage.  For a list of school sites offering UTK, please click here: UTK Sites.  


If you received notice of an offer of Choice enrollment, or wish to follow up on an offer that you did not respond to, please contact the site enrollment staff to confirm school of Choice via email. For a list of enrollment staff names and email addresses for each school site, please click here.



To help you determine the changes of your child being accepted at the first Choice school, refer to the historical data, linked below.

(Note: This recent historical information is for reference only, and not a guarantee of acceptance rates since the number of applications received varies year to year.)


Previous Enrollment Guide

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