The Humanities and International Studies Program at C.K. McClatchy High School is a magnet program that receives applications from students throughout the Sacramento City Unified School District. Although hundreds of students apply, only 140 freshmen are enrolled in the program each year. For information on how to apply to the program as a sophomore, junior, or senior, see “Non-freshmen HISP applicants” below.

In early Fall, HISP opens it doors for two days when prospective students and their parents can visit the CKM campus and view HISP classes in session (see Visitation Days).

The formal application process involves a HISP application (which includes attendance at one of two essay writing sessions) as well as an open enrollment application.

HISP Application Requirement

The Application Period is
Now Open

We are excited to welcome prospective students to our website and to our online application.


Online Application for Current 8th Graders in Traditional Schools - Schools which administer a standardized exam and issues letter grades.


Application for 10th & 11th Grade and Current 8th Graders in Non-Traditional Schools - Schools which do NOT administer a standardized exam and do NOT issue letter grades.

Please note: This is not an online application. Once available, you will need to print and mail your Application and necessary documents listed below.

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Language Arts Teacher Recommendation
  • Other Current Teacher Recommendation


Essay Session Dates: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:00 am and Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 3:00pm - Library. No reservation needed. Just come to the session that is most convenient and bring a black or blue ink pen. Dictionary and thesaurus are also allowed. Sessions last 2 hours.


Applications MUST be submitted to the HISP office by 3:00pm on Friday, January 26, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the HISP Coordinator, Ellen Wong at


Application Review

In late winter, all applications are reviewed and scored. Applications that exceed a specified score threshold are deemed eligible for the program. Students/parents are notified via a letter.

Those qualified applicants who meet criteria and score in the top 20 percent at each of the district’s middle and K-8 schools are offered a slot; the remainder of the 140 slots is filled by lottery conducted by the district. Those students in the lottery, but whose names are not drawn for the 140 slots, are placed on a waiting list for the program in lottery order. In the event an accepted student declines his/her slot, the next student on the waiting list is offered the space in the program. In some years, the first 10 to 20 students on the waiting list have been reached prior to the first day of school.

Acceptance, Registration, and Course Selection

In early spring, letters stating acceptance to the program or lottery wait listing are mailed both by the district and the program. Once your student has been accepted to HISP, you must register your student. Carefully read your student’s acceptance letter for registration steps and deadlines. Failure to register by the deadline will result in your student losing his/her slot in the program.

At the time a student is registered for the program, the student will make final course selections for non-HISP classes (mathematics, science, and languages). See Course Sequence to learn which courses HISP students typically enroll in at each grade level.

Non-Freshmen HISP Applicants

Typically, a small number of HISP slots open each year at the sophomore, junior and senior grade levels for students not currently in the program. Consult with the HISP coordinator on how your student must complete the HISP application process.

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