Advisory Committees & Groups
San José Unified’s advisory committees and groups offer opportunities for parents, teachers, students, and community members to make a significant impact on the district and our schools. We value input from all of our stakeholders on key issues and initiatives, and we encourage you to get involved.
Meeting Times & Locations
Advisory committee meetings are generally held on Monday evenings at 6:00PM at the District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave., San José, CA 95126. Please check the District Calendar for updated times and locations.
Meetings are open to the public.Top
Measure Y was approved by more than 67% of voters in the General Election of November 8, 2016. It assesses a $72 per parcel annual tax on properties within San José Unified School District, beginning in 2017-18 and effective through 2024-25 (8 years).
The parcel tax is projected to raise $5 million in annual local funding to support San José Unified’s efforts to:
- Maintain and improve core academic programming in reading, writing, math, the arts and science;
- Improve programs to prepare students for college and 21st century careers; and
- Attract and retain high performing teachers and educational staff.
San José Unified is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow. We are reinventing the education system by bringing together teachers and staff with parents and students, inspiring each to discover their own greatness.
Serving over 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to the Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system.
To see our boundaries and find a school, visit our School Locator.
Board of Education
The San José Unified Board of Education traditionally meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month in the Board Room at the District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave., San José, CA 95126. Regular Meetings begin at 6:00pm, except as noted or when a Closed Session is scheduled.
The Board will enter Closed Session at 5:00pm to consider items that are not subject to the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act – primarily discipline, personnel, and other legal matters. Closed Sessions are not open to the general public. The Superintendent will report all actions taken by the Board in Closed Session during the Regular Meeting.
Please note that dates, times, and locations of Board meetings are subject to change. Any changes will be noticed in a timely fashion. You should always check the district calendar for the most current information.
Click here to submit any questions regarding Board agendas, minutes, and meetings.
Policies & Regulations
San José Unified is governed by policies and regulations established by the Board of Education and the California Education Code. Some of these policies can be found below.
To review our complete policies and regulations, please visit this online portal and enter the following public username and password.
Click here to access the main index and use the search tool in the right sidebar to find policies by keyword(s).
Trustee Area #3 (See map)
Term Expires: 2020
- Booksin Elementary
- Hammer at Galarza Elementary
- Galarza Elementary
- Gardner Elementary
- Schallenberger Elementary
- Willow Glen Elementary
- River Glen K-8 School
- Willow Glen Middle
- Willow Glen High
Trustee Area #2 (See map)
Term Expires: 2022
Originally from Ceres, California, José Magaña received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California-Santa Barbara. The first male in his family to graduate from a four year university, José began his professional career in education as a kindergarten teacher in San José. After spending four years in the classroom, he transitioned into education technology as a national instructional coach and district consultant. He has coached and worked alongside more than 500 teachers, leaders, and school districts across the country to better incorporate technology into their math instruction, and implement a highly effective early literacy program that supports the individualized needs of every student. Currently, José is on the Senior Leadership Team as the Managing Director of Impact for City Year San José/Silicon Valley. He also serves as a commissioner on the Library and Early Education Commission for the City of San José. José, and his wife Ellyn, also an educator, are expecting their first child later this year.
- Bachrodt Elementary
- Grant Elementary
- Horace Mann Elementary
- Trace Elementary
- Burnett Middle
- Hoover Middle
- Lincoln High
- County Committee on School District Organization, Alternate
- CAC – Special Education (SELPA IV), Alternate
- District English Learners Advisory Committee - DELAC, Representative
- Budget Advisory Committee - Representative
- Standing Advisory Committee on the Voluntary Integration Plan, Representative
Trustee Area #4 (See map)
Term Expires: 2022
Born in New York, Brian moved to Southern California with his mother and sister as a young child. Upon graduating from high school, he received a scholarship to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he studied political science and met his future wife, Danielle. Shortly after graduating from UCLA, Brian moved to Berkeley, CA and a few years later to San Jose, CA. He began his career in public education with the Evergreen School District where he has worked as a teacher for the past 25 years. A member of the Evergreen School District, he was elected as the Evergreen Teachers’ Association President in 2008 and stays abreast of education related topics and issues through Working Partnerships (WPUSA) trainings and workshops and by attending numerous California Teachers Association (CTA) and National Education Association (NEA) conferences. Brian, who has lived with cerebral palsy his entire life, is a staunch advocate for all students, particularly those children who may have special needs.
Danielle, who began her career as a librarian with the City of San Jose, returned to school for a teaching credential and is now a kindergarten teacher in San Jose. The Wheatleys have two adult children; one a musician in New Orleans and the other a teacher at Overfelt High School in San Jose, CA. In 2016, they became interim foster guardians to two teenage students from Ethiopia, helping them navigate a new country and new school.
- Almaden Elementary
- Canoas Elementary
- Carson Elementary
- Hacienda Elementary
- Reed Elementary
- Terrell Elementary
- John Muir Middle School
- Broadway High School
- Gunderson High School
- Pioneer High School
- Metropolitan Education District Governing Board, Alternate
- Santa Clara County School Boards Association Executive Board (SCCSBA)
- CAC – Special Education (SELPA IV), Representative
- Budget Advisory Committee , Alternate
- SJU Council of PTAs, Representative
- Bond Oversight Committee – Measure H, Representative
- Parcel Tax Oversight Committee – Measure Y, Alternate
The Board of Education is comprised of five members elected by trustee area and one student board member appointed each year by the Board of Education. Trustees for odd-numbered areas are chosen by voters during presidential elections. Trustees for even-numbered areas are voted on during gubernatorial elections.
Notice of Provisional Appointment to Governing Board
Dear San José Unified Community,
On January 1, 2019, a vacancy on the Governing Board of the San José Unified School District occurred when Pamela Foley commenced her term of office as a member of the San Jose City Council.
San José Unified Continues to Progress in Key Focus Areas on Statewide Assessments
SAN JOSÉ CA – The San José Unified School District continued to see improvement on statewide results for a fourth consecutive year of Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessment exams, outperforming many comparable school districts according to a recently released California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) report by the California Department of Education (CDE).
San José Unified students exceeded statewide assessment results at all grade levels in Language Arts and Mathematics, with the exception of one grade level (eleventh grade) in Language Arts. The results continue to be even with or better than comparable school districts.
Positive growth in key focus areas continued for San José Unified, reflecting areas where the district has made a significant investment in improvement:
- Broad incremental growth within the district suggests that continuing focus on early literacy is having a positive impact on students as they progress to higher grade levels.
- A focus on early literacy has led to ongoing gains in the district’s elementary grades in language arts.
- Progress at many grade levels is seen for English Learners and economically disadvantaged students; the district continues to identify new tools and approaches that will support these specific focus areas.
- For middle school students, the district is seeing growth from grade level to grade level. An expanding math focus into elementary along with an external assessment for grades 3-8 was implemented this school year.
Assessment results for Hispanic/Latino students were lower than state results in the same student category, underscoring the importance of San José Unified’s commitment to and focus on its Hispanic/Latino population.
“San José Unified has high expectations for all our students. Our progress on statewide assessments reflects our commitment to a rigorous curriculum that inspires all students to discover their own greatness. We also recognize that we need to continue to go above and beyond to ensure that all students are meeting San José Unified’s high expectations.” Commented San José Unified Superintendent Nancy Albarrán.
The CDE State Dashboard considers a variety of factors to gauge performance, including SBAC results, attendance, graduation and suspension rates, and college and career readiness. This is part of a nationwide shift toward broader and more comprehensive measures of success.
San José Unified supports college and career readiness for high school students by investing in free PSAT and SAT days on campus and focusing on retention and diversity in AP/IB classes, “San José Unified goes beyond the status quo to reach the unexpected. More advanced placement courses, more diversity of students enrolled in them, only $5 per exam, and a free SAT for all juniors are just some of the ways we have come together to elevate opportunities for all.” Superintendent Albarrán continued.
Students in grades three through eight along with those in grade eleven took the SBAC exams for the first time during the 2014-15 school year. These online assessments feature a variety of different types of questions and require students to display a deeper understanding of key concepts.
To view complete SBAC results at the state, county, district, and school level, visit https://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/.
About San José Unified
San José Unified is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow. Serving 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest, most diverse, and most innovative school district.
Alternate Student Board Member
Term Expires: 2019
Student at Gunderson High School
Student Board Member
Term Expires: 2019
Student at San José High School
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Notice of Non-Discrimination
San José Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, marital, parental or family status, color, mental or physical disability, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in its educational programs and activities or employment practices as required by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vocational Education Act of 1976. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the District’s programs. Students, parents, employees, or others who wish further information about these regulations, or who wish to file a complaint, should contact the following persons:
For Title IX, discrimination or equity complaints involving students:
For Title IX, discrimination or equity complaints involving staff:
For Section 504 Compliance complaints involving students:
SJUSD 504 Coordinator, Teresa Langner at (408) 535-6195 ext. 13229,
855 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126
For facilities or other ADA complaints:
Director of Facilities and Construction, Steve Adamo at 408-535-6000 ext. 19411, 855 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126