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. School visits are scheduled for the first Thursday of: November, December, and January. To schedule a visit, please call 395-4510. Visits are limited to 75 participants. Plan on spending two hours at the school. Visitations are for adults only. Because we will be visiting classrooms during the regular school day, do not bring children.

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. Students may also be invited to attend a day at Alice Birney.

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.