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RCSD Schools of Choice Program

 
The Redwood City School District offers a variety of program options for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 8th grade students at its 16 schools.  All Redwood City School District (RCSD) schools provide students with a rigorous academic program, but each school has its own unique emphasis, classroom approach and personality.  
 
All students are assigned to a neighborhood school based on their home address and automatically get first priority to attend their neighborhood school.  All students may also apply to attend any school in the district in lieu of their neighborhood schools by filling out a Schools of Choice Transfer Application after they fill out the initial student registration forms.  Students who apply through the Schools of Choice Transfer process are placed or waitlisted according to a random, computerized lottery based on the spaces available at each grade level in January of the preceding school year.  
 

Please note:

  

  • If your child is currently on a waitlist, you must fill out an online Schools of Choice application no later than December 22, 2016.  If you fill out this application, your child will keep his or her spot on the waitlist.  If you do not fill out this application by December 22, 2016, your child will lose his or her spot on the waitlist.
  • If your child was previously placed at a school through the Schools of Choice process, you do NOT have to apply again.  Once you are placed, you have a spot at that school for all subsequent years.


  • If your child is applying to North Star Academy, you must fill out an online Schools of Choice application, and complete a North Star Application.  There will only be one round of admissions for North Star this year, so if your child is interested in attending, you must apply in the first round.  Please go to www.rcsdk8.net/nsa for more information on the admissions process and information sessions/tours.
  • Students are not guaranteed placement at any school.  All school placements are based on space available and a lottery based on the priorities below.  

 

Schools of Choice Transfer Information for the 2017-18 School Year

The Schools of Choice Open Application Period for the 2017-18 school year will begin on November 5, 2016 and end on December 22, 2016.  The link to the online application will be available at 9 am on Saturday, November 5.  A random computer lottery in early 2017 based on the Schools of Choice priorities will determine school placement and/or waitlist for the 2017-18 school year.  Parents will be notified by February 28 of Schools of Choice placement, if applicable, or waitlist numbers for all students who applied by the December 22, 2016 deadline.  
 
Schools of Choice (SOC) Application Timeline for 2017-18
 
 Apply online: www.rcsdk8.net/soc   24 hours/day, November 5-December 22, 2016
 December 22, 2016 Deadline to participate in SOC lottery for 2017-18 
 December 23-
 Mar 5, 2017 
Online SOC Transfer Application closed for lottery processing and placement notification 
 February 24 SOC Placements/Waitlists Announced 
 March 3 Deadline to Accept SOC Placement 
 March 6 Online SOC Application Re-Opens 
 Sept 30 Online SOC Application Closes for 2017-18* 
 
 *Students who apply on or after March 6 will be placed or waitlisted in the order in which they apply. Students who applied during the lottery phase and are on a waitlist have the option of submitting a new application to a school with a shorter waitlist and they will be added to that waitlist in the order in which they apply. Students who submit a new application will be removed from other waitlists. Students cannot be on more than one waitlist.
 
 
 
 
Please email or call Melanie Davenport, 650-482-2237 in the Schools of Choice office if you have questions.
 


 
 
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