Welcome to Merritt Trace Elementary

Merritt Trace Elementary School

is the Kindergarten through Fifth Grade campus of San Jose Unified School District’s Academic, Visual and Performing Arts strand. Every student at Trace performs on stage or in a video at least once per school year. All students attend classes in Drama, Art, and Music; third through fifth graders are eligible to participate in additional classes in Instrumental Music (Strings and Band) and Choir.
In addition to its unique arts focus, Trace emphasizes a strong academic program. Highly-qualified teachers have high expectations for their students. An after-school Homework Center is available for students needing more support.

Our Mission and VisionNuestra Visión y Misión

Trace Logo

2014-15 VPA Performances

Schedule, last week of school

June 1st -3rd (Monday through Wednesday)
Regular Dismissal Schedule:
K-3rd Grade:  2:30 pm
4th & 5th Grade: 2:46 pm

June 4th, Last Day of School (Thursday)
Early Dismissal Schedule:
K-3rd Grade: 1:00 pm
4th & 5th Grade: 1:16 pm


1. Kinderworld parking lot is for Kinders only.

2. 1st-5th grades should be dropped off/picked up on Dana Avenue or use the Lincoln parking lot.

Please remember our early out schedule for Tuesdays this year:

  • Kindergarten 1:20 pm Dismissal
  • First - Third Grade 1:15 pm Dismissal
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade 1:24 Dismissal

Trace Updates


Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI)

SJUSD 2015 Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) Program Orientation.pdf

School Tours.pdf

Orientación del Programa de Inmersión Bilingüe (TWBI) – 2015.pdf

Visitas guiadas del Programa de immersión bilingüe-2015.pdf

Trace 2015-16 TWBI Program Orientation

Orientación del programa de inmersión bilingüe de Trace (2015-16)

Fifth Grade Movie

Check out the Fifth Grade film projects!

Trace 2014 5th Grade Video
Trace 2013 5th Grade Video
Trace 2012 5th Grade Video

For information on how to acquire your own copies of the films, contact Mr. Boston at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Trace History Book

Trace neighbors and alumni James R. Hubert and E. Leonard Johnson have written a book of Trace history. Please visit the official site for the book: Merritt Trace Elementary School - Through the Years!

Trace Through the Year

Quick Links

Principal’s Message - Mensaje de la Directora

2014-2015 Trace Bell Schedule
2014-15 SJUSD Instructional Calendar

School Accountability Report Card
Informes Escolares de Rendición de Cuentas (SARC)

Volunteer Driver Memo
Volunteer Driver Packet
Paquete Para Conductores Voluntarios

SJUSD Food Services

Technology Links

Uniform Policy (PDF)
Reglamento del uniforme de Trace (PDF)

Parent Participation at Trace (PDF)
Participación de los padres en Trace (PDF)

ATTENDANCE HOTLINE: (408) 535-6583

If your child is or will be absent, please call the Attendance Hotline and leave a message with the name of the student and the reason for the absence.

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