Enrollment FAQs

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9th Grade Lottery FAQs

Who should apply for the 2024-2025 9th Grade Lottery?

If you’re going into 9th grade and think that Gateway could be a great fit for you, we encourage you to submit an application.  If you are trying to determine whether or not Gateway would be a good fit, we invite you to attend our Enrollment Events this fall. 

How does Gateway select its incoming 9th Grade class?

As prescribed by California law, Gateway conducts a lottery for the incoming 9th grade class. San Francisco residents, Gateway Middle School students, siblings of current students, children of staff and faculty, and families that qualify for free and reduced lunch are eligible for admission preferences.

How do I apply for the incoming 2023-2024 9th Grade Lottery?

You must complete the enrollment application by February 2, 2024 to be included in our March lottery. The application will be available online and in paper form by early October 2023. The March lottery is the first and largest lottery for the 2024-2025 school year. This is when the majority of our incoming students get enrollment offers.

If an application is submitted after the lottery or a student is not offered enrollment during the lottery, applicants will be placed in our wait pool. Subsequent lotteries will be held after this date as seats become available. 

Do I apply to Gateway through SFUSD?

No. Gateway’s enrollment process is completely separate from SFUSD. If you are applying to SFUSD high schools, do not list Gateway as one of your choices on the District’s enrollment form. Rather, use that form to select the other SFUSD schools that you would like to attend. Please be aware that if you choose to attend Gateway, you will be given a SFUSD enrollment form to fill out. The form is then submitted by Gateway to the Educational Placement Center of SFUSD so that the district knows which students are attending Gateway. Gateway students are part of SFUSD.

Does Gateway have a separate enrollment process or lottery for students with identified learning differences?

No. Students with identified learning differences are enrolled using the same lottery process.

Wait Pool Applicant FAQs

How many students are in the wait pool?

The size of the wait pool fluctuates as new applicants join and withdraw from the wait pool. Throughout the school year, the 9th grade wait pool ranges from 100-200 students. The 10th-12th grade wait pools range from 20-40 students.

By joining the wait pool, you have let us know that you want to come to Gateway. Though contacting us will not impact enrollment decisions, we always appreciate hearing from you with any questions or concerns. Feel free to write us a letter or send an email to [email protected].

When will I be notified of enrollment decisions?

We offer spots to our wait pool as room becomes available in our school. As a result, there are no specific calendar dates for when we offer enrollment to wait pool applicants. 

What are some important dates that I should know?

Enrollment trends suggest that a handful of spots may become available during the start of the school year within the first few weeks of August. Spots may also become available for the second semester of a school year.

How long does the wait pool remain active?

The wait pool remains active throughout the entire school year. Students in the wait pool may be offered enrollment at any time. There are no specific calendar dates for when we offer enrollment to wait pool applicants. 

Should I accept placement at another school while I wait?

Yes. It is imperative that you and your family make concrete plans for high school enrollment, independent of Gateway. Please remember that Gateway's enrollment process is completely separate from the SFUSD enrollment process. Accepting placement at another school will not impact your status in our wait pool. 

What if we pay tuition for a private or parochial school and get offered a space at Gateway?

Most private and parochial schools require a non-refundable down payment. It is your family's decision whether to accept placement at Gateway once you have paid a down payment and/or tuition.

How do I complete my Gateway Wait Pool application?

Complete the 2022-23 application  to be placed in our wait pool. There is no deadline for submitting your wait pool application, but you should submit it as soon as possible.

Contact the Enrollment Department

If you have questions about the enrollment process at Gateway High School, please contact Arlene Paige, Enrollment Director, at (415) 749-3600 or enrollment@gatewaypublicschools.org.