Frequently Asked Questions

Charter schools are independently operated public schools. Parents can choose to send their children to a public charter school outside of their "zoned" public school. There is no charge or tuition to attend a public charter school. While charter schools have flexibility in choosing curriculum and developing innovative teaching practices, charter schools must test students and report results, just like the government-operated public schools, as required by federal and state laws.

San Jose Schools offer a choice for parents and students within the public school system.

San Jose Schools...

  • Set high expectations for its students and staff
  • Has rigorous academic and personal standards
  • Utilizes an instructional model that encourages individualized learning while providing teacher and peer support
  • Places emphasis on parent-teacher communication and relationships
  • Integrates technology into each project or lesson (each classroom is equipped with a laptop for every student and an interactive smart projector)
  • Promotes diversity and cultural awareness
  • Offers daily in-class tutoring
  • Offers after school clubs (i.e. basketball, drama, track and field, robotics, art)
  • Requires student involvement in community projects
  • Requires school uniforms
  • Builds community business partnerships
  • Encourages parent involvement through volunteering or similar activities

San Jose Schools are publicly funded charter schools. There is no tuition charged to attend a charter school. Charter schools are funded based on the per-student allocation provide by each state or district. On occasion we may ask for parents to contribute money to cover the cost of field trips or a unique classroom experience.

San Jose Primary provides a unique environment that emphasizes high academic achievement through the use of state of the art technology and innovative but proven educational methods. We prepare students to successfully compete in an increasingly competitive post-secondary environment and the global job market.

To begin the enrollment process, please visit the enroll now button at the top of the page or to the sidebar located to the right. ALL enrollment is process with our online platform, we no longer accept paper applications. 

Not necessarily. In the event that the demand exceeds the seats available, San Jose Schools will conduct a random lottery to determine who is able to enroll.

Please contact the school for details.

Every San Jose Primary Teacher will be certified to teach in the subject and grade-level to which they are assigned. We will recruit and hire teachers who are committed to delivering a high-quality education to each student.

Yes, San Jose Schools require students to wear uniforms. We find that simple, comfortable uniforms or a dress code mark learning as a serious endeavor and minimize student competition and distraction regarding dress. Uniforms will be available for purchase on the website before the first day of school. Our complete uniform policy is available on our website.

Yes. San Jose Schools will provide services to any child with special needs with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings. Each child is evaluated to determine the most effective educational program we can provide, consistent with federal law.

Yes. San Jose Schools will provide services to any child with ESOL requirements with the goal of having the student become successful in regular classroom settings.

San Jose Schools' Calendar is located on the "School Calendar" page. While our calendar is often similar to the DCPS calendar, we follow our calendar. Please note, some days may be eligible to change due to weather or other circumstances.

Grades K-2: 8am-2:30pm (Monday-Friday) 

Grades 3-5: 8am-2:30pm (Monday-Friday) 

Grades 6-8: 8am-3pm (Monday-Friday) 

Grades 9-12: 8:30am-3:20 (Monday -Friday) 

Teachers and parents will formally meet during the San Jose Schools' Meet Your Teacher event in August. As new teachers are identified during the spring, it is expected that many will attend upcoming parent information events. On an ongoing basis, teachers will communicate with parents in person, via e-mail, and by phone to communicate to them their child's progress. We believe that a strong parent - teacher relationship helps create the best learning environment possible.

The best way to get updates about your school is to visit our website calendar, be apart of Parentsquare for School/Parent communication, and follow us on social media.