Enrollment Placement Priorities

  • Students that apply on time are assigned to schools through a lottery, based on the school choices indicated on their enrollment application and taking into account OUSD placement priorities. The process is designed to provide each student equitable access to the range of opportunities available throughout the District. Students are placed in their highest ranked school if there are openings at that school.  

    If there are more requests for a school than openings, the student placement process uses a series of priorities to determine the assignment the student will receive.  

    Prioritization is given to students who:

    • first: have a sibling(s) in a school, that will continue at the school during 2019-20
    • second: live within the neighborhood boundaries of the desired school.

    All remaining applicants that are not prioritized by sibling or neighborhood will be placed  into the general lottery. Parents are encouraged to select six elementary schools or three middle/high schools they wish their child to attend to ensure that their child receives one of their selections.



    Siblings are sisters or brothers who live at the same address and have the same parent/guardian. Applicants will receive priority to be assigned to their brother's or sister’s school if the current student will be attending the school for the following school year and there is space in the school at the required grade level. It is imperative that the school that the sibling is currently attending is listed on the application form as your first choice to give your younger child a better chance to be assigned to that school. We strive for all siblings close in age to attend the same school.

    Siblings who are applying for school at the same time for different grades cannot be guaranteed placement into the same school. There is a possibility that siblings applying for school may be placed into different schools due to lack of availability. It is important to enter the schools you wish to be assigned in the same order of preference on each sibling’s application. This will assist OUSD with the process of prioritizing your requests if you wish to keep your siblings together. Siblings who receive different schools may appeal to be placed together in one of the schools or at an entirely different school that has openings in both grades.



    Neighborhood refers to the geographic boundaries drawn around the school. Geographic boundaries for each school in OUSD are approved by the Board of Education. Your permanent residence falls within the geographic boundaries of an elementary, middle and high school within your residential area. Those are considered your neighborhood schools. Families that wish to have their child attend a neighborhood school are given second priority in the assignment process behind those students that have siblings in a specific school.

    If you desire your child to enter your neighborhood school, please place it as a first choice on your enrollment application. Neighborhood schools are assigned depending on the number of applicants applying for each grade and availability.

    You can determine which school is your neighborhood school by contacting a Student Welcome Center at 510-879-4600.

    By choosing the type of school (elementary, middle or high school) and entering your address, your neighborhood school will be identified.