Online Application Goes Live Nov. 16, 2020-Dec. 17, 2020 for the Academic School Year 2021-2022

The High School Specialty Program Application is an opportunity for any 8TH GRADE student who resides permanently within the boundaries of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) to apply for enrollment in a SCUSD high school specialty program, based on space availability for the 2021-2022 school year. SCUSD offers specialty programs at both our neighborhood and small specialized high schools. 

Some specialty programs have specific requirements to complete the application process. Carefully look over the requirements for each specialty program before applying.

The following academic programs require you to attend a virtual essay or test session:

—C.K. McClatchy HISP

—John F. Kennedy PACE

—West Campus

The application process is not on a first-come, first-served basis. An application can be submitted anytime during November 16 – December 17, 2020 to be considered. Only one application can be submitted per applicant.

Students will be able to apply to a first and second choice program through the application.

When eligibility requirements are met, applications will either be accepted or moved on to a lottery system. A lottery will be implemented when eligible applications exceed the grade capacity at the requested specialty program. If your student isn’t selected during this step, he/she will be placed on a waiting list for your first choice only.

The Enrollment Center will mail out notification letters to applicants by the end of January 2021.

If you have any other questions, please email our 8th grade counselor Mrs. Menefee at

We are here to help you in any way you need!