Middle & High School Placement

Parents of 5th and 8th-grade students currently enrolled in San José Unified have an opportunity to provide three ranked preferences for their student’s school assignment when they transition to middle and high school, respectively.

School Choice Selection Process for 5th and 8th grade students currently attending school in SJUSD.

Middle and High School Choice selection process information will be mailed home on January 17, 2020.  Parents can submit their School Choice selection using their Parent Portal Account starting January 18, 2020 through February 9, 2020.  All requests must be submitted by February 9, 2020 in order to be processed with the lottery.

If you don’t have an active Parent Portal Account, you can find instructions to activate your account at https://www.sjusd.org/your-resources/parent-resources/.  If you have any other questions about your account you can email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (408) 535-6000x17490. Please note that you must have an email address to open a Parent Portal Account.

You will be informed of your student’s school assignment in mid-March. Soon afterward, your school principal will contact you with information regarding programs and classes for the upcoming year.

NOTE: If your neighborhood school is your first preference, you will be given priority placement at that school (see Priority Placement below).

Priority Placement

It’s important for you to know that the number of students requesting a certain school may exceed that school’s programmatic or physical capacity. Whenever that happens, the district will assign students to their second- or third-choice school according to the following priorities, ranked in order of importance:

  1. Students who reside within the school attendance boundary;
  2. Students who are requesting a Voluntary Integrative Transfer;
  3. Students with a sibling who is currently attending the school and who will continue to be enrolled the following year; and
  4. Students whose school preference does not satisfy one of the above priorities.
Wait List

If all three of your school preferences are unavailable, your student will be automatically assigned to your neighborhood school and placed on a wait list for your first preference school.

Students on the wait list will be given the following priority:

  1. 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.);
  2. Students with a sibling currently attending the wait list school;
  3. Students who participated in the Placement Process;
  4. All other students

Any student who wants to be placed on the wait list after phase 1 of school choice process will be placed on the order requested. Secondary wait list moment takes place during the first month of school and end of first semester.

All students are removed from wait lists at the end of each year. You must re-apply if you want your student placed on a wait list for the following school year.


Click here to learn about appealing your student’s school assignment.