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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.  
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.  

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 28 of Schools of Choice placement, if applicable, or waitlist numbers for all students who applied by the December 22, 2016 deadline.  
 
Please email or call Melanie Davenport, 650-482-2237 in the Schools of Choice office if you have questions.
 

Priority Order for K-8th grade Schools of Choice Placement and/or Waitlist: 

 

A random computer lottery based on the priorities below will determine school placement and/or waitlist.

(North Star Academy has a different order of priority.  Please see below.)
 

1st Priority

Siblings of students who already attend the school and who will attend the school in the same academic year. 

(Twins will be placed together. Twins who are assigned a random eligibility number will be placed according to the number of the twin with the highest number. The district cannot guarantee that siblings at different grade levels will be placed at the same school. Each sibling application is considered separately.)

 

2nd Priority

 

Students already on the waitlist from the previous year AND, whose neighborhood schools is:

 

Fair Oaks

Hawes

Henry Ford

Garfield

John Gill

Hoover

Kennedy

Roosevelt

Taft

 

 (Please note students must fill out a new Schools of Choice Application each year to stay on the waitlist.)

3rd Priority

 

Students who are applying for the first time to attend one of the following schools:

 

Adelante

Clifford

Roy Cloud

McKinley Institute of Technology

Orion

 

AND, whose neighborhood schools is:

 

Fair Oaks

Hawes

Henry Ford

Garfield

John Gill

Hoover

Kennedy

Roosevelt

Taft

 

4th Priority

 

Students already on the waitlist from the previous year AND, whose neighborhood schools is:

 

Clifford

Roy Cloud

 

(Please note students must fill out a new Schools of Choice Application each year to stay on the waitlist.)

5th Priority


Students applying to any RCSD school for the first time who currently attend:

 

Adelante

Clifford

Roy Cloud

McKinley Institute of Technology

Orion

6th Priority

 

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. Priorities only apply to applications submitted by the December 22, 2016 deadline. Applications received after December 22, 2016 will be placed after all the applications received by the deadline, in order of the date received.

 

*For the 2017-18 school year, neighborhood schools previously considered Program Improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act will continue to receive priority for Schools of Choice transfers while we wait for the California Department of Education to issue new guidance about which students are eligible for transfer priority under the new state standardized assessments.
 

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:

1st priority

Qualified students currently attending *Fair Oaks, Hawes, Henry Ford, Garfield, John Gill, Hoover, Kennedy, Roosevelt, Taft.


2nd priority

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

3rd priority

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

4th priority

Qualified students who currently reside in the RCSD and attend Adelante, Clifford, MIT, Orion and Roy Cloud.

5th priority

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.


6th priority

Other qualified students requesting an inter-district (outside RCSD boundaries) transfer. (Transfers are based on District approval.)
 
*For the 2017-18 school year, neighborhood schools previously considered Program Improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act will continue to receive priority for Schools of Choice transfers while we wait for the California Department of Education to issue new guidance about which students are eligible for transfer priority under the new state standardized assessments.

**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.
 

 
 
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