San José Unified offers various alternative education programs for students of all learning levels and backgrounds — from independent study to small continuation schools to the Middle College program at San Jose Community College.
Our goal is to help students recover credits, explore career options, and make decisions that will lead to graduation and a brighter future beyond. We believe in you!Top
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.
Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is ongoing You can follow the process below to enroll your student.
Enrollment for the 2023-2024 please visit our website in November for more detail.
We offer a variety of programs at our elementary, middle, and high schools, including Two Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) and International Baccalaureate (IB). We also have three elementary magnet schools with specialized programs. Learn more about our educational programs
How to Enroll
We accept student enrollments online and in person. The Enrollment Center is open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. New enrollments are accepted until 4 pm each day.
855 Lenzen Avenue
San José, CA, 95126
Please follow the process below to ensure your enrollment application can be processed efficiently.
Step 1: Gather all required documentation
Step 2: Fill Out and Submit Your Application
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.
San Jose Middle College
Check our new Information Pamphlet!
San José Middle College is an advanced program for juniors and seniors who take two to three free college classes and four high school classes on the San José City College campus. Students earn a high school diploma while accumulating transferable credits for community colleges and four-year universities.
While at Middle College, students and staff form a close community that focuses on respect, support, and both personal and academic achievement. Our students have been accepted into all major UC, private, and state schools.
Check out our December Newsletter!
Middle College Attendance line in the event of any absence. The phone number is (408)535-6541
San José Unified is a nimble educational resource, providing the inspiration, tools, and guidance each student needs to become an active and engaged lifelong learner.
- Lifelong learning starts with an unstoppable curiosity about the world around us;
- Every student has the right to be inspired, excited, and successful at learning;
- The right tools make even the most challenging obstacles surmountable; and
- There are as many paths to education as there are students.
San José Unified provides programs and services for students with special needs that interfere with their ability to access the grade level curriculum. Our special education services create inclusive educational climates where individuality and diversity are respected, honored, and celebrated.
We strive to partner with students and parents to develop the most exciting learning environments for the academic, social, and emotional success of each student – where curriculum is universally accessible and aligned with strategic plan.
Find your school
Serving over 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school, San José Unified is home to 41 schools from Downtown San José in the north to Almaden Valley in the south. Any child living within our boundaries is guaranteed a seat.
Click here or on the map above and enter your address to locate your neighborhood school.
You can see below for contact and performance information for each of our schools. To learn more about School Accountability Report Cards (SARC), please visit the Performance page on this website.
2022 Summer Learning and Extended School Year
This summer, we will be offering summer learning and extended school year programs for students who meet our prioritization criteria. We will offer programs taught by San José Unified employees and will again partner with community organizations to support our students in both cognitive and social learning this summer.
Every school will offer a summer learning program for students. Students in the following categories will be prioritized:
- Students with ESY designation in IEP
- Foster and homeless youth
- English learners
- Low socioeconomic status
- Social emotional needs that are impacting learning
Special Education Extended School Year
Students who have Extended School Year (ESY) designated in their IEP will be invited to attend an appropriate program based on their individual needs. This year, our priority is to place students who are participating in ESY at the same school they attended during the 2021-2022 school year. In cases where we are unable to place students at their school of attendance, we will place at the next closest school to their residence. Transportation will be provided for students who have transportation designated as a service on their IEP. Brunch will be provided. Learn more
San José Unified Summer Learning Programs: TK – 8
Our San José Unified teachers will be leading summer learning programs for elementary and middle school students at several schools. Students who qualify for a program will receive an invitation from their current school.
- Allen at Steinbeck: June 20 – July 22, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
- Schallenberger Elementary: June 20 – July 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (includes Hacienda Science/Environmental Magnet)
- Walter L. Bachrodt Elementary: June 20 – July 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
San José Unified Math Ramp Up Programs: Grades 7 – 9
Our San José Unified teachers will be leading two math ramp up programs to prepare students for Algebra or Geometry. Students who meet the placement criteria will receive an invitation from their current school. This program provides an opportunity for students who attend the program to accelerate their math opportunities. Students currently in grade 7 will be invited to Ramp up to Algebra, and students currently in grade 8 will be invited to Ramp Up to Geometry. Students who earn a C or better will be eligible for Algebra or Geometry in the 2022-2023 school year. Lunch will be provided.
- Ramp Up to Algebra: John Muir Middle, June 14 – July 1, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Ramp Up to Geometry: Pioneer High, June 14 – July 22, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Enrichment Learning Programs
In addition to programs led by our teachers, we will also offer programs led by our After School Education and Safety (ASES) partners and programs led by other partners. Students who qualify for a program will receive an invitation from their current school. Students from some schools will be invited to programs at different locations, as noted below.
ASES Programs, June 20 – July 29, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
- Anne Darling Elementary
- Canoas Elementary (includes Almaden Elementary)
- Empire Gardens
- Grant Elementary
- Lowell Elementary
- Reed Elementary (includes Booksin Elementary)
- Washington Elementary
- Herbert Hoover Middle
- Willow Glen Middle
Sacred Heart, June 13 – July 21, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
- Gardner Elementary
Camp Galileo, June 13 – July 1 or July 11 – 29, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
- Ernesto Galarza Elementary (includes Hammer Montessori and Willow Glen Elementary)
- Merritt Trace Elementary (includes Horace Mann Elementary)
Camp Galileo, June 20-24, June 27 – July 1, July 11-15, July 25-29, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
- Los Alamitos (includes Williams Elementary, Graystone Elementary, and Simonds Elementary)
EDMO, June 13 – July 1 or July 11 – 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Terrell Elementary (includes Rachel Carson Elementary)
- Selma Olinder Elementary (includes Muwekma Ohlone Middle)
- Bret Harte Middle (includes Castillero Middle and John Muir Middle)
High School Credit Recovery:
All high schools will provide credit recovery, with priority given to juniors and seniors who need credits to graduate. Students who successfully complete the 3-week course will earn 5 credits. Additional credit recovery will be offered using our online program, Edgenuity, to students who are unable to attend the in-person class. Students who qualify for the program will receive an invitation from their current school. Brunch will be provided.
Transitional Kindergarten Enrollment
The Transitional Kindergarten program is expanding for the 2022-2023 school year. Children who meet one of the following criteria are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten:
• Children who turn 4 by February 2, 2022
• Children who turn 4 by September 1, 2022 and live within the boundaries of the following schools:
- Allen at Steinbeck
- Almaden Elementary
- Anne Darling Elementary
- Canoas Elementary
- Empire Gardens Elementary
- Ernesto Galarza Elementary
- Gardner Elementary
- Grant Elementary
- Horace Mann Elementary
- Lowell Elementary
- Merritt Trace Elementary
- Selma Olinder Elementary
- Terrell Elementary
- Walter L. Bachrodt Elementary
- Washington Elementary
All our elementary schools offer kindergarten. Children must turn 5 by September 1, 2022 to be eligible for kindergarten in the 2022-2023 school year.
We will be holding Kindergarten webinars in December to go through our program and respond to questions. We will be posting information on how to join soon.
If you are interested in enrolling your student in an elementary magnet school, a TWBI program, or the IB program, you will request this preference as part of the enrollment process. We generally have capacity to place all students who request IB into the program.
All students who have requested a magnet school or TWBI program and have enrolled by March 11, 2022 are entered into a lottery to determine placement. These schools and programs are extremely popular and generally have a waitlist. If your student does not get the request through the lottery, they will automatically be placed on the waitlist for the school/program. Students who enroll after March 11, 2022 will be added to the waitlist.
If you are interested in the TWBI program, you must attend a program orientation to request enrollment for your student. Learn more about the TWBI program
Learning Options provides additional support and an alternative environment for students who find the traditional educational setting is not ideal for their academic and personal success.
Students in Learning Options will learn essential academic and life skills that will enable them to explore opportunities and identify the steps that allow them to succeed and contribute in the local and global community. Student success is determined using multiple forms of assessment to identify a student’s level of engagement and learning, keeping focus on their individual educational goals.
Our dedicated staff will adapt in order to achieve these goals regardless of each student’s previous academic performance, family background, socioeconomic status, race, orientation, or gender.
Liberty Alternative School
Liberty Alternative School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This school allows students to receive their education through a structured, individualized independent study program. Liberty offers alternative access to education for students who may not thrive in a traditional school setting.
All students receive support from a certificated teacher and use curriculum that has been approved by the San José Unified Board of Education. Students use Canvas, our learning management system, to work on and turn in assignments. For the 2021-2022 school year, students are required to meet with their assigned teacher or other staff for approximately one hour at specific frequencies that vary by grade level:
- Grades K-3: Daily synchronous (live) instruction
- Grades 4-8: Daily live interaction and weekly synchronous (live) instruction
- Grades 9-12: Weekly synchronous (live) instruction
High school students continue to access courses aligned to their diploma path. Students can take A-G approved courses at Liberty.
Enrollment in Liberty is a voluntary process. Students may be enrolled for the following reasons:
- Non-Academic Reason: Families may opt to enroll their students in the Liberty independent studies program if they are concerned their child’s health would be put at risk by in-person instruction. Please note that families who select this option for the 2021-2022 school year will be responsible for their child during the school day. Students will receive support from and check in with their assigned teacher. To select this option for your student, please complete the online enrollment form by August 18, 2021. Within one week, families will receive an email confirmation and a request to schedule an intake meeting.
- Academic Reason: Students who are struggling with academic coursework, social-emotional challenges, or regular attendance may have the opportunity to transfer to Liberty Alternative School. The school site administrator and/or counselor will work with the student and their family to create an independent studies plan that will meet the educational needs of the student.
Students receive their schedule and assigned teacher(s) shortly before the first day of school and are expected to attend the synchronous instruction and live interactions at their assigned times.
San Jose Middle College is an alternative high school program for 11th and 12th grade students. It is a partnership between between San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) and San Jose City College (SJCC) that offers students the opportunity to be in a more independent learning environment. Students attend 4 high school classes with SJUSD teachers and can enroll in 2-3 classes (not exceeding 11 credits) at SJCC.
Advanced Career Education
The Advanced Career Education (ACE) Program is a community-based program that serves young adults, 18-22 years of age, who receive special education services. The program prepares our young adults to transition successfully into supported or competitive employment. Our curriculum targets the following domains: functional academics, domestic, community, vocational and recreation/leisure.
- Assessment and documentation of student skills, abilities and interests;
- Systematic instruction focused on individualized and group approach in the acquisition, maintenance and generalization of skills;
- Transition planning centered on individual goals and dreams;
- Inter-agency collaboration to support successful post-school outcomes.
Home Hospital Program
Learning Options provides a Home Hospital program for students experiencing health issues that prevent them from attending their home school. Parents/Guardians can contact their home school administrator for an application. The application and medical notes must be submitted to San José Unified’s Health and Family Services Department. They will help to guide families through the application process.
Once an application is approved, Learning Options will work with the home school to arrange for a teacher to meet with the student at their home or appropriate location for five hours of educational service per week. An adult is required to be present during the learning sessions. The length of the program depends on the student’s indvidual needs.
At the end of Home Hospital service, students are expected to return to their home school.
If your student is absent, do not call the school. Please submit an absence report online.