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 Union School District. Registration for the 2021-2022 school year has begun and we look forward to supporting you through the enrollment process.

To ensure your registration can be processed as efficiently as possible, please make sure you follow the process outlined below.

1. Find your Attendance Area

Use the SchoolFinder tool to identify your neighborhood (home) school.

2. Online Registration

Complete and submit online student information via Powerschool Registration.

3. Required Documentation

The following paperwork must be uploaded at the time of registration. - Video Tutorial

  1. Proofs of District Residency (3 proofs - 1 of which needs to be either current lease or property tax bill)

  2. Verification of Age (one of the following; no copies)

Birth certificate, Certified Birth Record, Valid Passport, Baptismal Certificate

  1. Current Immunization Records To Date (no copies)

The following paperwork must be submitted prior to the first day of school.

All students entering school for the first time must have a TB test or risk assessment survey filled out as required by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. All students must have all vaccinations completed prior to the start of school as required by the State of California.

The following documents may be submitted at a later date.

    • Oral Health Form - Completed by your Dentist. Must be completed by May 31st of student's first year of school. Submit the completed forms to the school office.

Need Help?

During the school year, contact your school's administrative assistant.

Additional questions? Contact us online here.

Resources & Forms

Closed Grade Levels

Our goal is to have students attend their home school, but at various times, specific grade levels at specific schools may be closed to new registrations due to space limitations. As a Union School District Family, if your school and/or grade level is closed, we will guarantee placement at one of our district schools. The following schools and grade levels are closed to new students registering for USD for the 2021-22 school year:

Alta Vista Elementary School

  • Kindergarten (as of 5/28/21)

  • 1st grade (as of 5/28/21)

  • 3rd grade (as of 5/12/21)

  • 4th grade (as of 5/28/21)

Carlton Elementary School

  • Kindergarten (as of 4/8/21)

  • 1st grade (as of 4/8/21)

  • 2nd grade (as of 4/8/21)

  • 3rd grade (as of 4/8/21

  • 4th grade (as of 6/3/21)

  • 5th grade (as of 6/3/21)

Guadalupe Elementary School

  • All Open (as of 4/8/21)

Lietz Elementary School

  • Kindergarten (as of 6/9/21)

  • 4th grade (as of 6/9/21)

Noddin Elementary School

  • Kindergarten (as of 5/12/21)

  • 1st grade (as of 5/12/21)

  • 2nd grade (as of 5/12/21)

  • 3rd grade (as of 4/8/21)

Oster Elementary School

  • 1st grade (as of 4/8/21)

  • 2nd grade (as of 4/8/21)

  • 3rd grade (as of 4/8/21)

  • 5th grade (as of 4/8/21)

Dual Enrollment Zone

In 2014, the USD Board approved Dual Enrollment Zones to allow parents to have more choice in their child’s attendance, to balance site sizes and to allow students to attend sites closer to their homes, without changing school boundaries.

If you reside in one of the zones on the map, you may choose between either site as listed below. If one of the sites becomes full, you will then be assigned to the other site. Please take a look at the District Attendance Area Map to determine if your child’s homeschool is in an area that is eligible.

Section A - Blue (Carlton Elementary or Oster Elementary; Dartmouth or Union Middle)

Section B - Yellow (Oster Elementary or Lietz Elementary)

Section C - Purple (Lietz Elementary or Noddin Elementary; Dartmouth or Union Middle)

Inter and Intra-District Transfer Requests

2021-2022 Interdistrict Applications will be accepted starting on January 1, 2021.

The Interdistrict Transfer process applies to those parents who wish their children to attend a school in a district other than that in which they reside. All Interdistrict requests must be initiated in the district of residence. Please contact your district of residence for interdistrict transfer information.

Requests to Attend USD | Inter-District Transfer

Once admitted to Union School District, all Interdistrict transfers are valid through the elementary school years, unless noted otherwise, but then the student will need to reapply for middle school. An approved interdistrict agreement must be in effect between the district of residence and the school district of desired attendance before a student can attend the desired school. *For more information on space availability, please click Student Registration.

We are not able to provide the status of a pending application. Notifications will be sent in writing once a decision has been made.

The following conditions apply:

  • Students admitted to Union School District under the interdistrict agreement shall be assigned to schools where space is available at the discretion and determination of USD administration.

  • Once a student is approved for an interdistrict transfer, you will not need to apply yearly for an interdistrict transfer. However, Union School District requires students to maintain standards in acceptable behavior, attendance (including tardies and late pick-ups) and academic progress. Should these standards not be met, the interdistrict agreement could be denied or revoked.

  • We accept inter-district transfer requests based on the following:

      • employment within USD boundaries (verification of employment required)

      • child care within USD boundaries (verification of location of CC required)

      • hardship

      • future or past residence in USD

      • last year privilege

  • When requesting an interdistrict transfer for a student in grades 1 through 8, please submit the most recent report card with the transfer.

  • USD’s primary priority and responsibility is to make sure all students residing within USD boundaries have a place in their neighborhood school, therefore, lack of space could necessitate a denial or could require a change in school attendance after the start of school or the interdistrict agreement could be revoked.

  • If your student receives special education services, we need a copy of the most recent IEP before your request can be processed.

  • Should your district of residence change mid-year, a new interdistrict transfer would be required.

  • If an interdistrict transfer agreement request is denied, the parent/guardian has the opportunity to appeal the decision to the Santa Clara County Office of Education within 30 calendar days of the date of the denial.

  • A student, parent, or guardian who provides a false and/or other pertinent data as a basis for enrollment in any school in the District may have the transfer revoked. The revocation may be immediate and notice promptly given to the student and parent/guardian.

USD Students Requesting to Attend Schools in Other Districts | Inter-District Transfer

For current USD students who are requesting to attend schools in another district, they may obtain an Interdistrict Transfer Agreement form from the USD District Office or below. Supporting documentation must be submitted with your application or it will delay processing.

Applications must be submitted in person or mailed to the USD District Office.

The district office is located at 5175 Union Avenue, San Jose 95010 and open from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Requesting to Attend a Different School in USD| Intra-District Transfer

Registration must first be completed at your current home school. Intra-district Transfer requests must be submitted between January 1st and March 1st for the upcoming school year to be included in the lottery for open spaces. Transfers are not approved until we are sure of enrollment at each site. Neighborhood children have priority at their neighborhood schools. Please note that transfers are not decided until August.

Transitional Kindergarten

Depending on your child's birthday, he or she may qualify for Transitional Kindergarten, an exciting new grade taught by a select group of passionate teachers.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.

TK and K students will receive a similar curriculum, which will be differentiated to meet each individual student’s needs. TK also provides additional socialization to meet the needs of our younger learners.

Eligibility

Students whose fifth birthday is on September 2nd through December 2, 2021, are eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten. Classes begin on August 11, 2021.

There are both A.M. and P.M classes which are filled on a space-available basis. Requests for particular sessions cannot be accommodated.

Location

Transitional Kindergarten families will register at their home school of residence for the 2021-22 school year. School site placement for Alta Vista, Carlton, and Noddin will be at Alta Vista Elementary School, and placement for Guadalupe, Lietz, and Oster will be at Oster Elementary School.

TK and Kindergarten Pre-Assessment (Roundup)

TK and Kindergarten pre-assessment will be scheduled for your child in the spring prior to the start of the school year. The purpose of this assessment is for our teachers to gain a general knowledge of your child’s developmental and academic readiness. You will receive further information about this assessment once you have completed the registration process.

The Kindergarten Readiness Act

Transitional Kindergarten: The Kindergarten Readiness Act, signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2010, is a historic reform to kindergarten education. To ensure our young learners are prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, the Act created Transitional Kindergarten (TK). TK is a program specially designed for students who are born between September and December to address developmental readiness. The Act changed the kindergarten entry date from December 2 to September 1, so children enter kindergarten at age 5. The TK year will provide a modified kindergarten program aligned to kindergarten standards and integrated across subject areas, but with a bigger emphasis on socialization and developmentally appropriate readiness skills including social-emotional development, self-regulation & approaches to learning, physical-motor development, cognitive development, and oral language and literacy development. Both Kindergarten and TK will cover skills from the California Standard or all subjects, using the adopted core curriculum. The standards are designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is my attendance area or home school?

Please use the School Finder web tool to locate your school of residence.

2. What if I do not have all of the required forms?

In order for Registration to be complete, you will need to provide the Three (3) Proofs of Residency and the Child's original Age Verification Document. TB and Immunization Record(s) may be submitted later, as long as they are submitted prior to the first day of school attendance.

3. When does registration start? When does registration end?

Registration starts on February 1 for the upcoming school year. Registration is accepted all year for new students entering school during the current school year

4. Do you have "Open Enrollment"?

Open Enrollment, which we call Intra-district Transfers, should be submitted between January 1st and March 1st for the upcoming school year to be included in the lottery for open spaces. We do accept Intra-district Transfers after March 1st, however, they will not be included in the lottery and will be put on a waiting list. Transfer approvals and denials are not made until the week before school starts and could be as late as the first week of school.

5. My child has been attending a private or charter school. Do they have priority in the registration process?

Students enrolling for the first time in the Union School District are placed in their school of residence at the time of enrollment if space is available.

6. May I request a specific school?

Union School District approves requests depending on available space and in compliance with California law and Governing Board policies. Detailed information regarding placement priorities and Open Enrollment procedures accompany all Intra-district Transfer request forms.

7. We will be moving into the Union School District area but do not yet have a residence. When can I register my child for school?

Residency must first be established prior to enrolling your child in USD schools.

8. We will close on the purchase of a home in the Union School District just prior to or just after school starts. Can I register my child for school?

You must first establish residency in the district, then you may enroll your student in Union School District.

9. I have changed addresses. What should I do?

Students who change their legal residence during the school year need to notify their home school of their new residential address. If you still reside within USD boundaries, check the School Finder address verification system to verify your address and school of residence. If your school of residence has changed according to your new address, you must apply and be approved for an Intra-district Transfer to remain at your school of attendance. If you reside outside USD boundaries, you will need to apply for an Inter-district Transfer from your district of residence.

10. We have just moved into the Union School District and have enrolled my child in school. Is it guaranteed that my child will be able to attend our home school?

All incoming school students are assigned to their school of residence. Students are placed in schools on a space-available basis. If your school of residence is full at the time you enroll your child, your child may be “overflowed” to another school within the district.

11. When and how will I know if my child is “overflowed” to another school?

When you register your child at your school of residence, the school administrative assistant will contact the District Office to determine where space is available for your child and will let you know as soon as possible, by phone.

12. My child has been "overflowed" to another elementary school. What is the District’s policy?

If your child was sent to another school because of space, your child will be guaranteed a spot in your school of residence the following year. If you wish for your child to remain at the overflow school permanently, you will need to apply and be approved for an Intra-district Transfer.

13. I live in the Union School District and I want to Home School my child. How do I notify the District and what are the next steps?

You will need to apply for an Inter-district Transfer to another district that has a “Home School Coordinator”. The Inter-district Transfer forms are available at the Union School District Office.

14. I would like my child to attend a school other than our home school. How should I proceed?

Complete an Intra-district Transfer request and turn it in at the District Office. USD approves requests on a space-available basis and in compliance with the California law and Governing Board policies. The time period for Intra-district Transfer requests to be included on the lottery is from January 1st to March 1st for the upcoming school year. Those requests received after March 1st will be placed on a waiting list. Transfers are not determined (approved or denied) until the week before school starts and could be as late as the first week of school. Please note that USD does not guarantee transfers for siblings. Each student must apply for and Intra-district Transfer.

15. If I move out of the Union School District during the school year, can my child remain at their current USD school for the remainder of the year?

You will need to apply for an Inter-district Transfer request from your District of Residence. Transfers are approved on a space-available basis. Also considered are the student’s academic performance, behavior, and satisfactory attendance.

16. I live outside of the Union School District and would like my child to attend a USD school. How do I register them for a USD school?

First request an Inter-District Transfer from your home district. Your District of Residence must first approve your transfer. Due to space and enrollment considerations, Union School District may limit the number of incoming Inter-District Transfers. School registration is not accepted unless an Inter-district Transfer has been approved.

17. How will I know if my Inter-District Transfer has been approved?

You will be notified by phone of the status of your Inter-district Transfer.

18. My child is attending a USD school on an Intra or Inter-District Transfer. Do I have to reapply each year?

Inter (those coming from outside the USD) and Intra (those living within USD boundaries, but requesting a different school) district Transfers for Elementary school students are valid for Kindergarten through 5th grade. A new request will need to be made for students entering Middle School. All transfers are approved on a space-available basis. Other considerations include the student’s attendance record, behavior, and academic progress. Transfers applied for the upcoming school year will not be determined (approved or denied) until the week before school starts and could be as late as the first week of school. Some districts require that a new transfer request is completed each year. Check with your District of Residence.