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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.  
 
Schools of Choice Transfer Information for the 2016-17 School Year
 
The Schools of Choice application for the 2016-17 school year can be accessed here.  A random computer lottery for the 2016-17 school year based on the priorities below occurred in early 2016; students who filled out a Schools of Choice Transfer Application after January 8, 2016 were placed or waitlisted in the order in which they applied. The Schools of Choice Transfer Application for the 2016-17 school year remains open; students will be placed or waitlists in the order in which they apply.
 
Schools of Choice Transfer Information for the 2017-18 School Year
 
The Schools of Choice Open Enrollment Period for the 2017-18 school year will begin on November 5, 2016 and end on December 22, 2016.  A random computer lottery in early 2017 based on the priorities below will determine school placement and/or waitlist for the 2017-18 school year.  Parents will be notified by February 16 of Schools of Choice placement, if applicable, or waitlist numbers for all students who applied by the December 22, 2016 deadline.  
 
Please note that students are not guaranteed placement at any school.  All school placements are based on space available and a lottery based on the priorities below.  

 

Please email or call Melanie Davenport, 650-482-2237 in the Schools of Choice office if you have questions.
 
*Priority Order for Schools of Choice Placement: 
Students receive priority for any seats available in the order below, and according to a random computer lottery.  (North Star Academy has a different order of priority.  Please see below for North Star Academy’s Priority.)
 
1.    Siblings of students who already attend the school and who will attend the school in the same academic year.

2.    Students currently on a waiting list for the school who are enrolled in Program Improvement (PI) schools, and are applying to attend a non-PI school. (Not applicable for incoming kindergartners.)

3.    Students applying for the first time who are enrolled in or live within the boundary of a PI schools.

4.    Students currently on a waiting list for the school who are enrolled in a non-PI school.  (Not applicable for incoming kindergartners.)

5.    Students applying for the first time enrolled in schools NOT in PI who are requesting intra-district transfers (within RCSD boundaries).

6.    Students who live outside the boundaries of the RCSD. (Transfers are based on District approval.)
 
Applications within each group will be randomly sorted by computer at the end of the application period, and each applicant will be assigned an eligibility number within that group based on the random computer sort. Priorities only apply to applications submitted by the January 8 deadline. Applications received after January 8, 2016 will be placed after all the applications received by the deadline, in order of the date received. Once a student is on the waiting list, they do not need to re-apply in future years.
 
*Twins will be placed together, according to the priority above. Twins who are assigned a random eligibility number will be placed according to the number of the twin with the highest place on the waiting list. 
*The district cannot guarantee that siblings at different grade levels will be placed at the same school. Each sibling application is considered separately.

* **Priority Order for Enrollment in North Star Academy:

The priority order is slightly different for North Star Academy.  Every qualified student is automatically entered in the lottery and assigned to one of the groups described below:

1.    Qualified students currently attending schools identified as Program Improvement schools under requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.  (By law, students attending these schools must be provided an option to transfer to another school when spots are available.) 

2.    Qualified siblings of 3rd-7th grade students who already attend North Star Academy and who currently reside in the RCSD.

3.    Qualified students whose parent/guardian is assigned to North Star Academy as his/her primary place of employment.

4.   Qualified students who currently reside in the RCSD and attend non-Program Improvement district schools.

5.   Other qualified students who live within the RCSD boundary, but do not currently attend RCSD schools, including students currently attending private schools, home schooled students, and students who have transferred to public schools in other districts.

6.   Other qualified students requesting an inter-district (outside RCSD boundaries) transfer. (Transfers are based on District approval.)
 
*The district cannot guarantee that siblings at different grade levels will be placed at the same school. Each sibling application is considered separately.

**For North Star, qualified twins will be placed together, according to the priority above.  Twins will be pulled together and assigned the next two numbers on the waiting list only when both twins are qualified in the same lottery on the same day. If one twin qualifies at a later time period, that child is considered a sibling and thus the above sibling criteria applies.

Learn about schools in the Redwood City School District
 
 
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