New Student Enrollment
Whether you have just moved to the area or your child is about to start school for the first time, our team is excited to welcome you to San José Unified. Pre-enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year has begun and we look forward to supporting you through the enrollment process!
To ensure your enrollment application can be processed as efficiently as possible while our Enrollment Center is closed to the public due to COVID-19, please make sure you follow the steps below.
If you are interested in preschool enrollment, please click HERE.
Step 1: Gather all required documentation
Step 2: Fill Out and Submit Your Application
Whatever option you choose, please make sure to include all required documents!
Step 3: Wait for Document Verification
Before your registration is complete, we need to verify all of your documents. Thank you for your patience as we process applications in the order they are received.
Middle & High School Placement
Students currently enrolled in San José Unified who live within the district boundaries have an opportunity to provide three ranked preferences for their school assignment when they transition to middle or high school, unless they have a special need that determines the most appropriate school placement.
- School Assignment Selection Process
Middle and High school assignment information will be mailed on January 13, 2021. Parents can submit their school preferences using the online Parent Portal. The portal will be open for selections on January 19, 2021. All selections must be submitted by February 5, 2021.
Instructions for selecting your school assignment preferences will be included with the mailed letter or you can access the instructions online.
Families will receive school assignment notifications beginning the week of March 8, 2021. Soon after, your school principal will contact you with information regarding instructional programs for the upcoming year.
- Priority Placement
In some cases, the number of students requesting a specific school may exceed the school’s programmatic or physical capacity. When that happens, we will redirect students to their second or third preference based on the following priorities, in order of importance:
- Students who reside in the school attendance boundary
- Students who are requesting a Voluntary Integrative Transfer
- Students with a sibling attending the school who will continue to be enrolled the next year
- Students whose choice of schools does not satisfy one of the above priorities
- Middle and High School Orientations
To assist families in the selection process, we will be holding virtual school tours this year. Use the links below to access the orientation videos.
- Wait List
If all three school preferences for a student are unavailable, students will be automatically assigned to their neighborhood school and placed on the waitlist for their first preference.
Students on the wait list will be prioritized as follows:
- Students who reside in the attendance boundary of the school (students with a sibling currently attending the wait list school are given priority within this group)
- Students with a sibling currently attending the wait list school
- Students who participated in the school assignment process and made selections by due date
- All other students
Any student who wants to be placed on the wait list after the initial school assignments have been made will be added in the order requested. San José Unified assigns waitlisted students during the first month of school and at the end of the first semester.
All students are removed from wait lists at the end of each year. Families must reapply to be included on the wait list for the following school year.
- Elementary (Grade TK-5)
Intradistrict Transfers can only be approved after placing all neighborhood students and will be processed using the priorities listed below.
- A parent/guardian who works at a San José Unified site within the requested school’s attendance boundary
- Students with a sibling currently attending the requested school
- A parent/guardian who works within the requested school’s boundary
- Students with childcare within the requested school’s boundary – must include a child care affidavit with your application
We start accepting Intradistrict Transfers for the 2021-22 School Year on December 1, 2020. If you have another student that you will be enrolling for the 2021-22 school year for the first time in SJUSD and would like this student to also have an Intradistrict Transfer to the same school, please make sure to do your pre-enrollment with an Intradistrict Transfer application by March 12, 2021 to be considered for priority processing in April. We will continue processing applications up through the first month of school.
- Middle and High School (Secondary- GRADE 6-12)
Transfers within SJUSD: Current and active students may apply for a Secondary Transfer (grade 6-12) and must have a satisfactory academic, behavior, and attendance record.
- Students who currently attend an Alternative ED school and/or have a CWA placement will need to have their transfer application approved by the appropriate department.
- Students who currently have an IEP and receive Special Education Services such as SDC will need to have their transfer application approved by a Program Specialist.
Secondary students ONLY transfer at the beginning of each semester
- Interdistrict (OUT)
Request to transfer to another school OUTSIDE of San José Unified School District.
When applying for an Interdistrict Transfer, parents must provide:
- Child Care Affidavit if applicable (TK-5th grade only);
- Proof of employment must be on the letter head (TK-5th grade only);
- IEP (Special Education students only)
If your application is approved, it will be sent to the requested district, which also must approve it before the transfer is complete.
San José Unified will approve transfers to another district for the following reasons:
- The students receive childcare services within the boundary of the requested district (Grades TK-5 only; verification required);
- One or more parent guardian works within the boundary of the requested district (Grades TK-5 only; verification required);
- The student is in their last year of an academic level (Grades 5, 8, and 12);
- The requested district or school has programs and/or curriculum not available in San José Unified;
- The student moved out of the requested district after the start of the school year; and/or
- A transfer would assist with the student’s socio-emotional adjustment.
- Interdistrict (IN) Transferring into San José Unified
Students who live outside the boundaries of San José Unified and want to attend one of our schools must request an Interdistrict transfer from their district of residence. Your district of residence will forward your application to San José Unified for review.
Even if an Interdistrict Transfers is granted, it will be renewed annually. Your student may be subject to displacement in future years due to increases in neighborhood enrollment at their chosen school or program.
Please note that transportation services will not be provided by the district for students with Interdistrict Transfers.
Interdistrict Transfers will be processed according to these priorities:
- Students whose parent/guardian is a district employee (30+ hours/week) at a site within the school’s attendance boundary.
- Students with a sibling attending the requested school;
- Students with childcare in the requested school’s attendance boundary (Grades TK-5);
- Students whose parents work within the school’s attendance boundary (Grades TK-5);
- Students in their last year of an academic level (Grades 5, 8 and 12);
- Change of address; and
- Socio-emotional adjustment.
- Interdistrict Attendance Appeal
Anyone wishing to file an Interdistrict attendance appeal must first follow the appeal process according to SJUSD Board Policy AR 5117:
Step 1. Appeal to the Interdistrict Appeal Committee, chaired by the Administrator for Intedistrict Transfers. If denied,
Step 2. Appeal to the Office of the Deputy Superintendent. If denied,
Step 3. Appeal to the San Jose Unified School District Board. If denied,
Step 4. Appeal to Santa Clara County Board of Education.
For questions regarding the Interdistrict Appeals process, please contact the SJUSD Student Assignment at 408 535 6232. For additional information on policy, regulations, or how to file an appeal once completing steps 1-3, please visit the Santa Clara County Office of Education website at: https://www.sccoe.org/supoffice/student-appeals/Pages/Interdistrict-Appeals.aspx
Forms & Applications
Enrollment and Registration Forms
The following documents are provided to help you begin the registration process. You can click here to complete these forms online, download the forms by clicking below, or pick up a hard copy packet at the Enrollment Center.
- Enrollment Requirements
- Enrollment Forms
- Verification of Residency
- Parent/Guardian Consent Form for Enrollment
- Transfer within SJUSD (Grades TK-5 - attendance boundary)
- Transfer within SJUSD (Grade 6-12 - SJUSD active student only)
- Intradistrict Student Transfer(TK-5 - transfer within SJUSD school)
- Child Care Affidavit(to use with Intra District application)
- Interdistrict Transfer(Transfer to another district)
- TB Risk Assessment for School Entry
- Immunization Requirements
- Immunization Clinics
- Oral Health Assessment
- Report of Health Exam (required for entering First Grade)
- Exchange of Student Information (School in US only)
- Legal Name Gender Change
- Ethnicity Change
- Family Self Help-Center Location
- Meal Application (Online)
- Transportion application
- Transportation Bell Schedule
- Instructional School Calendar 21/22
All of your student’s immunization records must be provided to the Enrollment Center or school office. Your student will be excluded from attending class until these records have been received.
Click below to read more about…
- Immunization Requirements
- TDAP requirement (Grades 7-12)
- Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Requirement (Grades TK-12)
Please call the Enrollment Center at (408) 535-6412 if you have any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to re-enroll if my child is currently active at one of the San José Unified School?
No, there is no need to re-enroll your student once you are enrolled in SJUSD. For parents of our current 5th and 8th grade students, please refer to the middle and high school placement to process learn more about how you will select your student’s middle or high school.
- When should I register my child?
Registration for the 2021-22 school year begins December 1st, 2020. Secondary students (grades 6-12) need to complete their enrollment by February 5, 2021 to take part in the School Choice Lottery. Elementary students (grades TK-5) must enroll by March 12, 2021 if they want to take part in the magnet school or two-way bilingual immersion lotteries.
- What is the cut-off birthdate for enrolling my child in Kindergarten?
For the 2021-2022 School Year:
Students born between December 3, 2015, and September 1, 2016, will be enrolled in Kindergarten.
Students born between September 2, 2016, and December 2, 2016, will be enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten.
Students born after December 3, 2016 are not eligible for enrollment for the 2021-22 school year.
- What to Expect
Enrolling for the current year
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.
Pre-enrollment for 2021-22 school year
Transitional Kinder to 5th grade: Student will be placed in their neighborhood boundary school at time of enrollment. Any Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program, Magnet School ,or Intradistrict Transfer requests will be processed after the initial enrollment. Please visit the magnet schools page, two-way bilingual immersion page, or the section on Intradistrict Transfers on this page to learn about the timelines for processing these requests.
Secondary Pre-registration (Gr. 6-12)
Students enrolling between December 1, 2020 and February 5, 2021, will be enrolled in a holding school while the school choice process takes place. Students enrolling after February 5, 2021 will be placed in their neighborhood school and can be asked to be placed on the wait list of another middle or high school.