We noticed a few comments from families that are confused by the SFUSD lottery process, including some folks who may have just moved to the area. It's not easy coming into this system at this stage! We definitely feel for you. A few reminders:
You are probably already familiar with the Enrollment Placement Center (EPC). If you go down there and ask to speak to a counselor, they can explain the whole process to you.
If you haven't already gotten to know Parents for Public Schools, please do check them out (their website is http://www.ppssf.org/). They can be a wonderful resource for families. They seem especially helpful with regards to the assignment system, but we've heard they can be helpful with other issues as well. Call or send them an email -- in our experience, they are very responsive.
Another great resource if you have children with disabilities is Support for Families http://www.supportforfamilies.org/
They should be able to answer questions about medical appeals and IEPS.
Finally, we noticed an interesting article in the Chronicle about a new digital technology pilot program in SFUSD:
Best of luck to everyone out there...