The District offers three Middle School Choice Program options.

  • Connections (at JL Stanford Middle School)
  • Mandarin Immersion (at Greene Middle School)
  • Spanish Immersion (at Greene Middle School)

Application Process

2018-19 School Year: contact the school to determine availability.

2019-20 School Year: Parents of current PAUSD 5th grade students will receive email/mailer to home address in February, containing instructions on the application process with a deadline of February 20, 2019. Only one Middle School Choice Program. New students wishing to be considered must first complete the PAUSD “Round 1" registration process for your child at Registration Services (25 Churchill Ave); Round 1 starts January 9, 2019 and ends February 13, 2019. 

Concurrent siblings (two children from the same family in the same program during the same school year) will be granted priority placement. All other students applying by February 20, 2019 will receive equal priority status.

If the number of applicants for any program exceeds the available space, placement will be made through a lottery process, open to the public: February 27, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at the PAUSD District Office at 25 Churchill Avenue.

If there is an insufficient number of applications for a program it may not be offered.

Notification Process

Parents will be notified by email if their student was chosen by lottery to be placed, or wait-listed, in the Choice Program. Students must accept placement in the program no later than March 5, 2019. After that date, students on the waiting list will be placed in the program as space becomes available.

Students accepting placement in a Choice Program will attend the middle school where the program is located, and the student’s seat at the neighborhood school is forfeited. Any future school changes will require an Intradistrict Transfer Request form.

Students declining placement in a Choice Program will be considered for enrollment for their neighborhood school based on the priority of their initial registration; the Choice Program application will be discarded.

Students will be placed in their neighborhood high school, regardless of the middle school attended.

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Connections (offered at J. L. Stanford Middle School) 

The JLS Connections Program is a learning community of students, teachers, and parents where hearts and minds are inspired through inquiry-based instruction -- focused on student choice, cross-curricular units, collaboration, and presentation -- fostering self-directed, reflective, global citizens.

The program emphasizes:

  • Connecting to self- Students participate in decision-making and learn to take responsibility for their own progress by setting goals, taking risks, and using self-reflection.  
  • Connecting to knowledge- Through project-based learning, students gain and practice the higher order and critical thinking skills necessary for analyzing, creating, and problem solving. Students choose topics of interest and follow their passions, exploring real-world problems and solutions. 
  • Connecting to community- Students work in self-directed groups fostering collaborative learning and positive social interactions.  Students develop their skills as collaborators, facilitators, and leaders, with an emphasis on social justice and global citizenship.  Students have opportunities to present learning publicly in community settings.
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Mandarin Immersion Bridge Program (offered at Greene Middle School)

The Mandarin Bridge Program at Greene Middle School is a three-year program that bridges the Mandarin Immersion Program at Ohlone Elementary with the advanced Mandarin language classes offered at the high school level. The classes focus on the four elements of language acquisition: speaking, writing, reading, and listening.  This program is taught primarily in the target language with the understanding that students have various levels of fluency and proficiency levels in reading, writing and listening. Students are exposed to culture, literature, and language structures needed to be successful in high-academic Mandarin level classes.

Note: Students are eligible to enroll in this program if they have successfully completed the elementary Mandarin Immersion program at Ohlone or, if space is available, they can demonstrate grade level bilingual fluency in Mandarin through an assessment process.

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Spanish Immersion Bridge Program (offered at Greene Middle School)

The Spanish Bridge Program at Greene Middle School is a three-year program that bridges the Spanish Immersion Program at Escondido Elementary with the advanced Spanish language classes offered at the high school level. The classes focus on the four elements of language acquisition: speaking, writing, reading, and listening.  This program is taught primarily in the target language with the understanding that students have various levels of fluency and proficiency levels in reading, writing and listening. Students are exposed to culture, literature, and language structures needed to be successful in high-academic Spanish level classes.

Note: Students are eligible to enroll in this program if they have successfully completed the elementary Spanish Immersion program at Escondido or, if space is available, they can demonstrate grade level bilingual fluency in Spanish through an assessment process.