Alice Birney is a school without neighborhood boundaries, meaning that all students enter through the Sacramento City Unified School District Open Enrollment process. The school district sets a date when parents must register students online through the district site (www.scusd.edu) or by walk-in at Open Enrollment Center (5735 47th Avenue). All specifics around the Open Enrollment process are available on the district web site.

Because our school curriculum and methods of teaching are unique, in addition to participating in the district Open Enrollment process, Alice Birney has criteria that needs to be met to be included in the district lottery. The first step is to schedule and participate in a school visitation.

An Alice Briney Visitation is a Mandatory Prerequisite Before Enrollment

This year we will be having (2) Zoom Visitation presentations. You will need to attend one of these presentations so that your child will be eligible to enter the Open Enrollment lotteries for EK, Kindergarten, 4th grade, and 5th grade.  All other grades (1st-3rd and 6th-7th) will have Wait Lists to which your child will be added after your participation in the presentation. We do not enroll brand new students to our 8th grade classes. The 1st presentation is on Thursday, December 3, 2020, and the 2nd is on Thursday, January 7, 2021. You must sign up for one of these Zoom presentations in advance. You can do so by calling the school office at 916-395-4510, or by emailing Trina at catherine-chalmers@scusd.edu or Sophia at Sophia-thomsen@scusd.edu.  You will need to provide your name, your child’s name, the grade you are interested in, your child’s DOB, your phone number, and your email address. Two weeks before each visitation, we will email you an invitation to the presentation with the Zoom meeting ID and password. You will also have the ability to call in if you need to participate in this way.

At the conclusion of the visitation, there is a question/answer session and the opportunity to complete an interest form. Once the interest form is complete, a copy of the most recent report card and assessment scores may be collected. Incoming students are expected to have excellent attendance, positive behavior, and a strong academic history. Once district registration AND the Alice Birney criteria are met, the child can be entered into the lottery. Families will be notified by mail if their child has been chosen by lottery.

Please note that although siblings living in district boundaries have priority in lottery placement, participation in the district Open Enrollment process is required for attending Alice Birney.

Enrollment at Alice Birney is not complete until registration occurs at the site level. Specific dates and times will be communicated for registration at the school.