Open Enrollment Important Dates Top of Page

Open Enrollment is now open.  All families interested in this process will need to complete an application online. The District does not provide paper applications.  All applications must be submitted by Friday, February 2, 2018.  You will be notified of the status of your application by the first week of March 2018.

What is 9th Grade Open Enrollment?Top of Page


The Board of Trustees desires to provide enrollment options that meet the diverse needs and interests of the district's students. Ninth Grade Open Enrollment is a period of time when an incoming 9th grade student may request a high school other than their assigned home school to attend. You must complete an online Open Enrollment Transfer Application to be eligible.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - Open Enrollment opens at 12:00 p.m.
Friday, February 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. - Open Enrollment closes (There are no late exceptions)

You do not need to complete an Open Enrollment Transfer Application if you want your child to attend their assigned home school.

How do I know my home school?Top of Page

Click on this link to find out which school is your home school according to the address at which you reside.
You may also call the Sequoia Union High School District Office at 650.369.1411 ext. 22209 and ask for assistance.

Open Enrollment AssistanceTop of Page

If you need assistance with going online to complete Open Enrollment, you can come to the district office during these times:

Monday/Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday/Thursday - 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Assistance is available in Spanish.


For questions or concerns about Open Enrollment, please contact

Click on the name to send an email message:
Ext. 22211

IMPORTANT rules for Open EnrollmentTop of Page

**************PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY******************

New changes to 9th Grade Open Enrollment were approved by the Board of Trustees effective for the 2016-17 school year.

The following regulations apply to 9th Grade Open Enrollment. Those in italics are new changes.

  1. Open Enrollment Transfers are available only to incoming 9th grade students. Students in grades 10 – 12 are not eligible to apply for Open Enrollment Transfers.
  2. Open Enrollment Transfers may not be reversed nor rescinded once the submission deadline is closed.
  3. Sibling priority is guaranteed to those incoming 9th grade students above other Open Enrollment Transfer requests if there is an older sibling attending the requested school during the school year that the new student will enter. The siblings must live in the same household. The request must be submitted prior to the close of Open Enrollment. An older student is not eligible to transfer to the school of a younger sibling.
  4. If the sibling transfer is requested after the close of Open Enrollment, the younger sibling will be placed on a wait list for the requested school. The two students must live in the same household. There is no guarantee the student will be placed at that school, however they will be given priority on the waitlist. Placement will be determined on a space available basis at the requested school.
  5. If an Open Enrollment Transfer is requested, the new school becomes the student’s home school.
  6. Open Enrollment Transfer requests are made on a space available basis at each school site.
  7. Late applicants will NOT be added to the wait list.
  8. If you apply for Open Enrollment and are granted your choice, you are responsible for transportation of your student.

Ninth Grade Boundary ExceptionsTop of Page

Ninth Grade Boundary Exception Requests are applied to one of the following categories below. The three priorities are listed in the order they will be granted:
  • Tinsley Program - Board Policy
    Tinsley Program - For students transitioning into the Sequoia Union High School DIstrict after participation in the Tinsley program in middle school.
  • Redesignated Boundaries- Board Policy
    Students living in an attendance area that was re-designated as a result of the boundary changes adopted by the Board of Trustees effective as of the 2015-16 school year may request to attend the school to which they were originally assigned.
  • Students residing in "the Avenues"
    Students residing in the North Fair Oaks community known as "The Avenues" (area within the boundaries of Middlefield Road, Edison Way, and Eighth Avenue) who remain within Menlo-Atherton High School attendance area and wish to attend Sequoia High School

These requests are subject to the following:
  • must be filed during the Open Enrollment period
  • must submit an application
  • are available on a space available basis

Important Open Enrollment DatesTop of Page

  • Open Enrollment letter goes out - Last week of September - an Open Enrollment letter will go out to all incoming 8th grade students
  • Open Enrollment opens - October 2, 2017
  • Open Enrollment Closes - February 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (no late entries accepted)
  • Public drawing - Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - Public drawing will be held (if necessary) for those schools which have more requests than available seats. Students will not know if their application request has been approved at this drawing. The drawing will be held at the Sequoia Union High School District Office (Board room) at 480 James Avenue in Redwood City at 4:00 p.m. Your attendance is not required.
  • Approved transfer letters go out - First week of March - Letters will go out to those families who have a transfer approved. A wait list will be established for those who have not had their application approved.
  • Wait list closes - April 27, 2018- The wait list will close. If you do not receive a letter regarding the waitlist by this date, you were not approved. We do not send out letters for non-approval for students on the wait list.

FAQsTop of Page

1. How does the district determine which high school my student is assigned to?

The district determines which high school your student attends based on your home address. Address verification must be completed at the district office. See ADDRESS VERIFICATION for further details.

2. What if the school assigned is not my preferred school?

Families can complete the Open Enrollment application on this page. Approvals are lottery-based and not guaranteed. This applies to incoming 9th grade students only.

3. Do I have to submit an Open Enrollment transfer if I want my student to attend his/her assigned school?


4. Can my student return to his/her originally assigned school if the new school does not work out?

No. Once the transfer request is approved, you may not rescind or transfer.

5. Does my student qualify for sibling priority if they have a sibling who previously attended the school but has since graduated?

No. In order to qualify for the sibling priority, the student must have a sibling assigned to the school during the school year requested.

6. Can I appeal if my child does not get into our desired school through Open Enrollment?

No. There is no appeal process. If your student does not get into your desired school through the Open Enrollment process, he/she must attend his/her assigned school. 

2018-2019 Open Enrollment Application Top of Page

General Open Enrollment Application

Please use this application if you wish to apply for the Open Enrollment lottery and do not qualify for a boundary exception.  Do not submit multiple applications as it may result in your application being deleted.  

Boundary Exception Open Enrollment Application

See the Ninth Grade Boundary Exceptions section below to determine whether or not to use this application.  Please do not submit this application if you do not qualify for the boundary exceptions as it will result in your application being deleted.  Do not submit multiple applications.