McKinley serves students living within the school's attendance area, as well as those who choose to attend the school through enrollment options programs.

Feeder Patterns

Feeder patterns dictate the way lower level schools "feed into" a given senior high school. All schools affected by a given feeder pattern are grouped together into a "cluster." McKinley Elementary is in the San Diego High cluster. In this cluster, students from McKinley Elementary School will later attend Roosevelt Middle School and then San Diego Senior High School. Schools within the cluster share events and activities with one another and are dedicated to maintaining strong community ties.


All students are required to attend the school serving the attendance area in which they reside, unless special arrangements have been made through the Enrollment Options Office. View the attendance area for McKinley Elementary.

General information about registering students for enrollment is available on the district's School Registration for Enrollment page.

Enrollment Options Programs

McKinley participates in two enrollment options programs, the Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program (VEEP) and School Choice Program.

Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP)

VEEP is an integration program that encourages students from communities with diverse ethnic compositions to attend schools outside their neighborhood schools. Schools with predominantly White student enrollments are "paired" with schools having predominately non-White student enrollments in order to achieve a student body diversity that more closely reflects the composition of the district and the San Diego community. Through these paired school patterns, students in VEEP can obtain a solid academic education while expanding their cultural and social awareness in an integrated learning environment. To learn more, visit the district's Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP) page.

School Choice Program

The Choice Program provides students with the opportunity to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. Students may apply to any school within the school district, with the exception of Magnet schools. No transportation is offered through this program and enrollment is on a space-available basis. To learn more, please visit the district's School Choice Enrollment Options page.

For general information about enrollment options, visit the district's Enrollment Options page.

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