What is an Open Enrollment Transfer?Top of Page

Open Enrollment Transfers are available to incoming 9th grade students who wish to attend a school other than their assigned home school. After enrollment targets are established at each school, and a determination is made that there are available seats, a random, unbiased drawing will be held to assign students to those open seats. SUHSD's Administrative Regulation 5116.1 includes further information.

You do not need to complete an Open Enrollment Transfer Application if you want your child to attend their assigned home school. If you would like to request for your incoming 9th grader to attend a different school, please complete an online Open Enrollment Transfer Application below, prior to the deadline.

Open Enrollment Transfer Timeline: 

  • Last week of September, 2018 - an Open Enrollment letter goes out to all current 8th grade students
  • November 15, 2018: Open Enrollment Transfer window opens at 12:00pm
  • February 1, 2019: Open Enrollment Transfer window Closes at 4:00pm
    •  No late applications are accepted
  • February 7, 2019: 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 3:00 p.m. Your attendance is not required.
  • First week of March, 2019: Approved transfer letter sent to those families who have a transfer approved. A wait list will be established for those who have not had their application approved.
  • April 30, 2019: The waitlist expires. If you do not receive a letter regarding the waitlist by this date, you were not approved for a transfer. SUHSD will not send out letters for non-approval for students on the waitlist.

Important Info

Upon submitting an Open Enrollment Transfer Application, you agree to and understand the following:

  • Open Enrollment Transfers are available only to incoming 9th grade students
  • Open Enrollment Transfers will not be reversed or rescinded once the submission window is closed and the deadline has passed
  • Younger Siblings of current students attending the requested or desired school (residing in the same household) will have priority above other Open Enrollment Transfer Applications. An older student is not eligible to transfer to the school of a younger sibling
  • If an Open Enrollment Transfer is requested, the new school becomes the student’s home school
  • Open Enrollment Transfer requests are made on a space available basis at each school site
  • Late applicants will NOT be added to the wait list
  • If you apply for an Open Enrollment Transfer and are granted your choice, you are responsible for transportation of your student

Home School Search

What is my Assigned Home School?

Click on this link and input your address to find your assigned home school. You may also call the Sequoia Union High School District Office at 650.369.1411 ext. 22209 and ask for assistance.

Boundary Exception Requests

Ninth Grade Boundary Exception Requests

Applied to one of the following three categories below, listed in order of priority in which 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
 

FAQs

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. Click Boundary Search to perform search. Address verification must be completed at the district office. See the Address Verification page for further details.

2. What if the school assigned is not my preferred school?
If you have an incoming 9th grader, please complete the Open Enrollment Transfer 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 home school?
No.

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 Transfer process, he/she must attend his/her assigned school. 

Open Enrollment Transfer Application Top of Page

General Open Enrollment Application

Please use this application if you wish to apply for an Open Enrollment Transfer 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

Review the Ninth Grade Boundary Exceptions section above 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.  
 
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