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Elementary Enrollment Information

Transitional Kindergarten

San José Unified offers Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at all elementary schools except our magnet schools: Hacienda Science/Environmental Magnet, Hammer Montessori at Galarza Elementary, and River Glen K-8.

Children who meet one of the following criteria are welcome to enroll in our TK program. Please review the requirements to verify eligibility. If you have questions, please contact the Enrollment Center at 408-535-6412

Students who do not meet the criteria to enroll in TK may be eligible for several preschool programs offered by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. To learn more about the county’s programs, please visit their website.


All of our elementary schools offer Kindergarten. Children who have their fifth birthday by September 1 of the school year are eligible to enroll. Please consult the chart to determine eligibility. 

  • 2023-2024 school year: child was born between September 2, 2017 - September 1, 2018
  • 2024-2025 school year: child was born between September 2, 2018 - September 1, 2019 
  • 2025-2026 school year: child was born between September 2, 2019 - September 1, 2020

Special Elementary Programs

Students in grades TK-5 will be assigned to their neighborhood school at the time of enrollment pending space availability or at an overload school. San José Unified offers several specialty programs for elementary students that may be requested during the enrollment process. Enrollment may be requested for our International Baccalaureate program (IB), Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program (TWBI), or elementary magnet schools. 

If you want to request enrollment in a magnet school or TWBI program, please attend the program information night and complete the enrollment application online or in-person. These programs are very popular and typically have a waitlist. If your student does not get the request through the lottery, they will automatically be placed on the waitlist for the requested school/program. Any TWBI, magnet school, IB, or intradistrict transfer requests will be processed according to district policies.

The deadline to participate in the lottery for the 2024-2025 school year is March 15, 2024. Students who submit enrollment applications after March 15, 2024 will be placed on the waitlist.  

Learn more about our programs