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Open Enrollment and Peterson + Program

What is the Peterson + Program?

The Peterson + Program is an alternative 6th grade program that offers a unique opportunity for 6th grade students.  Currently, four teachers lead this program and provide a different approach to 6th grade curriculum.  The program is designed for the STUDENT who wants extra challenge and rigor.  

Please consider middle school choices carefully.  Characteristics of such a student includes someone who is self-driven, being an avid learner, wanting to rise to challenges and able to think critically.

The "+" aspect is in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies

  • Science is taught to all sixth grade students by teachers who hold Single Subject teaching credentials in Science.
  • Math classes for all sixth grade students will be determined by a "multiple measures matrix" placement

Students in the Peterson + Program may have extra homework.

Please review the 2020 Peterson + Program Slideshow for more information.  

Open Enrollment and Peterson + Program 2020 - 2021 Open Enrollment Process

The Santa Clara Unified Board of Trustees has established a policy of limited Open Enrollment.  Although some of our schools are already at capacity, this policy allows families who reside within the boundaries of the district to request enrollment of their children at "any District school which may have space available for additional students." Admittance to the school of your choice under the Open Enrollment process is done by an annual random lottery system.  If you applied last year and were not admitted, you will need to reapply again this year if you want to be considered for your school of choice.


Prior to applying for Open Enrollment, you must register at your school of residence. If you do not know your school of residence, please refer to the District's School Finder. You can visit the District website for more information about the registration process. Please direct any enrollment questions to Peterson registrar, Liz Delbecq (408-423-2806 or or SCUSD's mainline at (408) 423-2000.

See the SCUSD Registration Home Page for all of your registration needs.


Peterson Information Meetings : to be scheduled for the 2021-2022 school year.

Applying for the Peterson+ Program

  • Students residing OUTSIDE of the Peterson Attendance Area
    • Students residing outside of the Peterson Middle School attendance area who wish to attend Peterson and apply for Peterson+ will apply at the same time as applying for Open Enrollment by simply checking the corresponding box on the application (online application process).  Checking the box for the Peterson + program does NOT increase your chances in the Open Enrollment lottery.
  • Students residing INSIDE the Peterson Attendance Area
    • Incoming 6th grade students residing in the Peterson attendance area who are interested in enrolling in the Peterson+ Program, must apply during the Open Enrollment window (closed for the 2020-2021 school year; tbd for 2021-2022).  Parents must complete an application with the Registrar at Peterson.  Proof of residency in Santa Clara Unified as well as the Peterson attendance area will be verified in person when completing the application.  Please bring three (3) current proof of residency documents.  Contact Registrar Liz Delbecq (408-423-2806 or with questions or to make an appointment to complete the Peterson+ application.
  • Peterson+ Selection
    • Selection for the Peterson+ Program will be made once Open Enrollment results have been determined.  All who are successful in the Peterson 6th grade lottery and have expressed interest in the Peterson + Program will attend an informational parent and student meeting (to be scheduled).  Up to 134 students, from both inside and outside the Peterson attendance area, will be assigned to the four Peterson + classes through a fair and random process.  Those who apply but are not selected may be placed on a list based on their lottery number and may be admitted if space becomes available.  In this event you would receive a phone call from Peterson. 



Students who plan to attend their school of residence need take no further action at this time, with the exception of residents requesting the Peterson + Program.  Your student's information will automatically be transferred to your middle school of residence.