To be enrolled in San José Unified School District, a student must be at least five (5) years of age on or before Dec. 2nd of that academic calendar year and live full-time within the district boundaries. Students living outside the district boundaries will need an Interdistrict Transfer.
NOTE: Students who will reach five (5) years of age on or before Sept. 1st are eligible for Kindergarten. Students who will reach five (5) years of age between Sept. 2nd and Dec. 2nd are eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten.
For students who are new to San José Unified, secondary enrollment (grades 6-12) begins each year in mid-January. Elementary enrollment (transitional kindergarten to grade 5) begins in early February.
If your student is currently in 5th or 8th grade at a San José Unified school, please refer to the Middle & High School Placement process below.Top
How to Enroll
NOTE: Completing the online registration does not officially enroll your student. You must visit the Enrollment Center in person to provide the required documents. If you register online in advance, your appointment at the Enrollment Center may take less than 15 minutes.
- Enrollment Center Location & Hours
Our Enrollment Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm, with the last enrollment appointment taken at 3:30pm.
- Enrolling for 2018-2019
Please note that Phase 1 of Elementary and Secondary enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year is now closed. All students enrolling after March 16 will be assigned to their neighborhood school. If space is not available at their neighborhood school, students will be assigned to the nearest school with space available and placed on the waiting list for their neighborhood school.
NOTE: Parents of current 5th or 8th-grade students do not need to make an appointment to register for middle or high school. Please refer to the Middle & High School Placement process below.
- Magnet Schools
If you request that your student attend one of San José Unified’s magnet schools, your student will be placed in a “lottery” process. Click here to learn more.
- Two Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) Program
To enroll your child in San José Unified’s Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) Program, you will need to attend an orientation prior to enrollment. Click here to learn more.
- What to expect
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.
- Elementary Transfers (Grades TK-5)
Does your student want to attend a school other than their neighborhood school?
Is your student attending a school other than their neighborhood school and want to return to their neighborhood school?
Intradistrict Transfer Priority
Students requesting an Intradistrict transfer will be placed according to these priorities, ranked in order of importance:
- 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
- Secondary Transfers (Grades 6-12)
Students applying for a Secondary Transfer must have a satisfactory academic, behavior, and attendance record. Applications must be signed by the principal from your student’s assigned school and include the student’s transcript and attendance record.
Transfers approved after the start of a semester will occur at the beginning of the next semester. If an application is approved and there is no space available, the student will be placed on the wait list.
- Transferring out of San José Unified
Students who live within the boundaries of San José Unified and would like to attend school in another district may apply for an Interdistrict Transfer.
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 receives 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.
When applying for an Interdistrict Transfer, parents must provide:
- Student’s Birth Certificate;
- Parent/Guardian Photo ID;
- Proof of residence within San José Unified boundaries;
- Child Care Affidavit or proof of employment, if applicable; and
- IEP (Special Education students only)
- 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.
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 OR students whose
- 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.
Forms & Applications
2018-2019 Registration Forms and Requirements
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 Registration Form
- Verification of Residency
- Authorization of Enrollment (Non-Parent/Guardian)
- Exchange of Information
- TB Risk Assessment for School Entry
- Immunization Requirements
- Transfer within SJUSD (Grades TK-5)
- Transfer within SJUSD (Grades 6-12)
- Intradistrict Student Transfer (TK-5) (within San José Unified)
- Transfer to another district (Transfer Out of District)
- Child Care Affidavit
- Oral Health Assessment
- Report of Health Exam (prior to entering First Grade)
- Immunization Clinics
- Change of Legal Name
- Meal Application (Online)
- Media/Photo Release
- Use of Technology Policy
- Family Self Help-Center
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
- What is my neighborhood school?
Please visit our school locator and enter your address.
If your address is not within San José Unified, click here to find your school district.
Need more help? Contact the Enrollment Center at (408) 535-6412
- Do I have to schedule an appointment to enroll my student, or can I just walk in?
To ensure the fastest service, we recommend you make an appointment to visit our Enrollment Center.
NOTE: Parents of current 5th or 8th-grade students do not need to make an appointment to register for middle or high school. Please refer to the Middle & High School Placement process.
- What documents do I need to enroll my student?
Then, do one of the following:
- When should I register my child for TK/Kindergarten?
Phase 1 Elementary Pre-Registration (TK-5) begins February 5th, 2018 and ends March 16, 2018. You must enroll your student during Phase 1 if you want to enter them in the magnet school lottery (Hacienda, Hammer, and River Glen Schools).
- What is the cut-off birthdate for enrolling my child in Kindergarten?
For the 2018-2019 School Year:
Students born between December 3, 2012, and September 1, 2013, will be enrolled in Kindergarten.
Students born between September 2, 2013, and December 2, 2013, will be enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten.
Students born between December 3, 2013, and December 31, 2013, are not eligible for enrollment in TK but can enroll in Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 School Year.
- Will my student be able to start school the same day that I enroll him/her?
No, the Enrollment Center needs to inform the assigned school that the student is coming, and the school needs to prepare for the student. If your student is enrolled before 2:00pm, they will start school the following day. If your student is enrolled after 2:00pm, they will start school on the second day after enrollment.
- Does my student need physical exam to enter school?
A physical examination is required for 1st grade entry only. Click here to download a form.
- Can my student get a TB test after we complete enrollment?
No, this must be completed at time of enrollment. Click here to learn more.
- What should I do if I change my address?
Please bring the required proof(s) of address to the Enrollment Center.
- Can I fax or email a change of address to the Enrollment Center?
No, you need to bring the required documentation and photo ID to the Enrollment Center.
- I can’t come to the Enrollment Center during business hours. What can I do?
You can designate a person to come to the Enrollment Center on your behalf by completing this form. You will also need to provide a parent and/or guardian’s photo ID as well as all other required documentation.
- I’m interested in the Two Way Bilingual Immersion Program (TWBI). What should I do?
To enroll your student in our TWBI program, you are required to attend an orientation prior to enrollment.
- Now that my student is enrolled, when will he/she be able to start riding the bus?
Once school has started, and you’ve completed a transportation application, your student should be able to begin riding the bus after seven (7) school days. Click here or (408) 535-6185 for more information.