Special Assignment Requests (SARs)

  • SAR Facebook Live

    Families interested in the Special Assignment Request process for the 2024-25 school year can watch the recorded SAR Facebook presentation and Q&A.

    The presentation will cover important deadlines, the application process and frequently asked questions.

    View SAR Facebook LIVE Event

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  • Special Assignment Requests allow families to apply to attend a school other than their neighborhood or zoned school.  A Special Assignment Request cannot be made to a District Application Program because there is a separate application process. 
    Special Assignment Requests are granted on a space-available basis. All such assignments are valid through the highest grade level. Bus transportation is not provided for granted Special Assignment Requests. Parents must arrange to get their child to and from school safely and on time. Find out more about the district Student Assignment policy.
    The Special Assignment Request Initial Application Period for the 2024-25 school year is moving this year to November 2023 to inform families in a more timely manner of their next school year options.  Notificaton and communicaiton will be on the district webpage and on social media.  
    To apply:
    Go to the Focus Parent Portal https://focus.pcsb.org and look for the Student Reservation System tab in the left-side menu.  Click the link and when the page opens, click Special Assignment Request (SAR) to apply.  SARs will be granted when there is available space.  If there are more requests than available seats, a wait list will be created and maintained.  
    Students granted a Special Assignment Request (SAR) may remain at the assigned school through the highest grade level as long as there is capacity and all zoned students are able to attend their zoned school. 
    If there are more requests than available seats, SARs are placed on a wait list in the order in which they are received.