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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
San Jose Unified School District is an above average, public school district located in San Jose, CA. It has 29,762 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 44% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.

San Jose Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
44%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1230
1,970 responses
Average ACT
29
571 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
29,762
Free or Reduced Lunch
44.9%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$92,550
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.1%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$14,812/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$82,029
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,834
National
$949
Median Home Value
$701,737
National
$184,700

San Jose Unified School District Reviews

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I have been in the San Jose Unified School District for ten years now. I've been able to have opportunities that others I know in different districts haven't, for example, homeschooling, skipping a grade, and field trips! All the teachers I've had were extremely nice and tried their best to teach. The school lunches may have not been the best, but for those like me in the free lunch program- anything free helped. Although, when it comes to paperwork and who has jurisdiction in certain scenarios, it almost seems as if SJUSD is in a constant power struggle. Every year, I've had to file paperwork to the district and eight times out of ten, we'll get a call saying that our paper has been "unsubmitted", which is district slang for "oops, we lost it". When I needed confirmation on officially skipping a grade, I was sent to three different offices and told three different stories. Also, they had an entire restaffing happening during the time, so my paperwork wasn't submitted on schedule.
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My overall experience was pretty good. I'm very involved in performing arts; my high school (Abraham Lincoln) and my middle school (Hoover) gave me plenty of options to explore myself creatively. When it comes to acedemics, I actually found myself behind when switching from private school to SJUSD. I had never learned near the math and science they were teaching me in Hoover, but with their interactive teachers I ended up becoming 2 years ahead in math. I'm also proud of our diversity. Coming from a christian private school I was probably the only Mexican in a whole white classroom. I found myself completely white washed and not embracing my Mexican culture. When going to Lincoln and Hoover not only was I surrounded by people like me, but also a variety of different ethnicities. It was such a big difference it felt encouraged to express our cultural differences. The only big problem I see with the schools where are the safety issues.There weren't protective fences to stop an intruder.
I am a student at Abraham Lincoln High going into my senior year. In general, the district does not seem to care about the student population. It often deems the things we need as unconstitutional or a "violation of privacy". That is simply the tip of the iceberg, there are many teachers who do not care for their students on a personal level and it only gets worse as you go up the food chain. This is only for mainstream as well, the situation becomes worse once you enter into the Special Education territory. There is most definitely not enough funding nor care for those in special ed and the district rarely ever does anything about it unless it is extremely escalated and every time this comes for an exceptionally long wait for change. Overall, the district mainly cares about their appearance and not what it's actually doing to affect the lives of the students and families in their district.