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.
To ensure your enrollment application can be processed as efficiently as possible, 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
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.
We look forward to supporting you through the enrollment process!
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.
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.
Work Permit Application
Learning Options Principal Announcement
Dear Learning Options Community,
San José Unified School District is proud to announce the appointment of Mary Ann Sy as the new Principal of Learning Options effective July 1, 2021.
4849 Pearl Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136
Phone: (408) 535-6539