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District Profile
For more than 100 years, the Redwood City School District has educated K-8 students in Redwood City and portions of San Carlos, Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.   When the Redwood City School District first began educating students, horses and buggies clogged the streets of the booming new county seat.  As the town grew and changed during the last century, so have its students and its schools. 
Today, RCSD students live in the heart of Silicon Valley.  To thrive in this region they must receive a 21st century education based on critical thinking, problem-solving, using technology and working together.  In RCSD classrooms, learning is interactive, and teachers rove the classroom providing feedback as students explore and discover.  The District is embracing 21st century learning, and has built strong relationships with local technology companies who are providing training in the latest technologies that help students learn.
Besides its commitment to high academic standards, the District also strives to meet students' developmental needs -- intellectual, physical, mental, and social-emotional -- through a wide variety of programs offered during and after the school day.
In recent years, the district celebrated several key accomplishments:
• North Star Academy, Adelante School and Orion were named as California Distinguished Schools.Clifford, Roy Cloud, Hoover, Taft and Roosevelt were awarded with the Gold Ribbon by the State of California.
Orion students with iPad
• North Star Academy has one of the highest API scores in the state and was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education.

• Adelante Spanish Immersion School won second place as 2016 School of the Year, appointed by the Embassy of Spain.

• Seven district schools have API scores over 800 or 900:  Adelante, Clifford, Roy Cloud, Henry Ford, Orion, North Star Academy and Roosevelt.

• Many RCSD schools earned Kent Awards for innovative practices in recent years from the San Mateo County School Boards Association:  Adelante, Clifford, Henry Ford, Kennedy, Hoover, North Star Academy and Orion.

•The entire K-3 teaching staff won a San Mateo County Literacy award in 2011 for their work in using assessments to improve reading.

• Roosevelt’s kindergarten team won a San Mateo County Reading Association Literacy Award in 2012.

The Redwood City School District offers a variety of school options to parents of kindergarten through 8th grade students. All schools provide students with a rigorous academic program based on a common instructional framework, but each school has its own unique emphasis, classroom approach and personality. The RCSD offers families a mix of neighborhood schools and “schools of choice” to meet the needs of our students.  To learn more about the options available in the Redwood City School District and how to enroll your child in a school, please visit the district website at www.rcsdk8.net/enrollment.

The local educational agency (LEA) adopted a policy that prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
Last Modified on July 5, 2016
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