To be enrolled in San José Unified School District, a student must be at least five (5) years of age on or before Dec. 2nd of that academic calendar year and live full-time within the district boundaries. Students living outside the district boundaries will need an Interdistrict Transfer.
NOTE: Students who will reach five (5) years of age on or before Sept. 1st are eligible for Kindergarten. Students who will reach five (5) years of age between Sept. 2nd and Dec. 2nd are eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten.
For students who are new to San José Unified, secondary enrollment (grades 6-12) begins each year in mid-January. Elementary enrollment (transitional kindergarten to grade 5) begins in early February.
If your student is currently in 5th or 8th grade at a San José Unified school, please refer to the Middle & High School Placement process below.Top
How to Enroll
NOTE: Completing the online registration does not officially enroll your student. You must visit the Enrollment Center in person to provide the required documents. If you register online in advance, your appointment at the Enrollment Center may take less than 15 minutes.
- Enrollment Center Location & Hours
Our Enrollment Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm, with the last enrollment appointment taken at 3:30pm.
San José Unified Enrollment Center
855 Lenzen Avenue
San José, CA 95126
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- Enrolling for the 2018-2019 School Year
Phase 1 of Secondary enrollment (grades 6-12) begins January 22, 2018, and ends February 9, 2018. Click here to learn more
Phase 1 of Elementary enrollment (grades TK-5) begins February 5, 2018, and ends March 16, 2018. Click here to learn more
All new enrollments must be submitted and processed at the Enrollment Center. Click here to review the enrollment requirements and make an appointment in advance.
NOTE: Parents of current 5th or 8th-grade students do not need to make an appointment to register for middle or high school. Please refer to the Middle & High School Placement process below.
- Orientation & Tour Calendars
Times and dates subject to change. Please refer to school websites for the most up-to-date information.
- Magnet Schools
If you request that your student attend one of San José Unified’s magnet schools, your student will be placed in a “lottery” process. Click here to learn more.
- Two Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) Program
To enroll your child in San José Unified’s Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) Program, you will need to attend an orientation prior to enrollment. Click here to learn more.
- What to expect
Upon enrolling, students will be placed in their attendance boundary (or “neighborhood”) school and can start as soon as the next day.
It’s important for you to know that enrollment at your neighborhood school may sometimes exceed that school’s programmatic or physical capacity. Whenever that happens, the district will assign students to the nearest school with space available for the current school year and place those students on the wait list for their neighborhood school.
Unless your student participates in the Magnet Lottery, they may only be placed on the wait list for your neighborhood school. If your student is placed on the wait list, you will be notified if space becomes available during the school year. No wait list moves will be made during the last month of the school year.
- Wait List Priority
Elementary Non-Magnet Schools
Students will be placed on the wait list in the order of enrollment for neighborhood student, with priority being given to students who have a sibling currently attending the wait list school.
Elementary Magnets (Hammer, Hacienda, and River Glen)
Students will be placed on the wait list according to these priorities, ranked in order of importance:
- Students with a sibling currently attending the wait list school;
- Students who participated in the Magnet Lottery;
- All other students
- Removal from the Wait List
If you would like to remove your student from the wait list and enroll them permanently in their non-neighborhood school, you will need to request an intradistrict transfer, and renew this annually. If we do not receive a transfer request, your student will be assigned to their neighborhood school for the following school year as space becomes available.
In order for your student to remain on the wait list for a Magnet or non-neighborhood school, they must be enrolled in and attending a San José Unified school. If your student is enrolled outside of San José Unified, they will be removed from the wait list.
If your student wants to attend a school other than their neighborhood school, you can apply for an Intradistrict Transfer. Applications are accepted from February through the beginning of the following school year and must be renewed annually.
The Parent Portal (formerly called Zangle) provides parents and families with easy and timely access to student information including:
Click here for instructions.
Family Connection by Naviance is innovative educational planner the San Juan Unified School District is providing to all students grade 6-12. It helps students develop a unique career, college and educational pathway.
Standards and Testing
Progress ReportingSan Juan Unified educators use many ways to keep parents informed of their student’s progress. The reporting system includes report cards, assessments of student progress on academic standards, progress notices, and individual and group parent-teacher conferences. At Back-to-School Night parents are introduced to teachers, class and school rules, policies and procedures, school programs and personnel. Parents also may be given grade-level student expectations and academic standards by subject.
- Student Success Team: Provides recommendations, support, and program modifications to teachers regarding a student experiencing academic or behavioral difficulties. The committee meets as needed to review a student's progress. A student can be referred to the team by a staff member or parent.
- IEPs: Following assessment of the student, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meeting will be conducted to determine the student’s eligibility for special education. Special education services may be provided in the general education classroom, resource room, special education class, or special education school. In rare cases, a non-public placement may be required.
- Internet4Classrooms has compiled a list of free online resources for students.
- San Juan Unified's department of Professional Learning & Innovation shares several math resources on their website.
- Khan Academy provides free educational activities and more.
- Find math resourcesthat align with district curriculum on this teacher-created website.
- Discover how to make learning a fun part of your everyday summer routine here.
- The Sacramento Public Library Kids website has great resources for k-12 students ranging from homework help to parent resources.
- Starfall is an educational alternative to entertainment choices for early elementary students.
- Find resources here to support reading at home. Choose from read along e-books or an audio library.
- Watch videos and read along at home using the storyline online library.
- Click here for a parent's guide to student success.
Common Core resources
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