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Open Enrollment Transfers

Open Enrollment is November 15-February 1

Open Enrollment is November 15-February 1

Please review the information below. Note: Open Enrollment is only accessible for incoming 9th grade students when submitting an Online Registration application from November 15 - February 1. If you are enrolling outside of this window, Open Enrollment is closed.
What is an Open Enrollment Transfer?

What is an Open Enrollment Transfer?

Open Enrollment transfers are available to incoming 9th grade students who wish to attend TIDE, EPAA, or 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, complete an Open Enrollment request when submitting Online Registration prior to the deadline of February 1st.

 

To ensure the district can properly plan to serve all students in 2023-24, please pay close attention to the following Online Registration deadlines:
Requesting Open Enrollment?
Deadline to
Submit OLR
Yes: TIDE, EPAA, or a school other than the one assigned by your home address
February 1, 2023
No: attending assigned home school
April 28, 2023

 

Open Enrollment Transfer Timeline (dates below are annual and do not change):

 
  • November: Online Registration and Open Enrollment parent letter is sent via email and mail to current 8th grade students
  • November 15: Online Registration window opens; all Open Enrollment requests must be completed when submitting Online Registration application, prior to the deadline of February 1st.
  • February 1: Open Enrollment transfer window Closes at 4:00pm
    • No late applications are accepted
  • February 9 (tentative): 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 (note: the drawing may be held electronically via video conference). Your attendance is not required.
  • First week of March: 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: 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.
 
For incoming 9th graders that miss the Open Enrollment deadline and are still interested in attending TIDE or EPAA, please contact the respective school for more information. Student Services will facilitate these transfers if space is available. If you are a current student in SUHSD, or an incoming 10th, 11th, or 12th grader and interested in attending TIDE or EPAA, please contact the respective school for more information.

Important Info

Upon submitting Online Registration with an Open Enrollment request, 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 request Open Enrollment when submitting Online Registration
  • 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. Online Registration must be completed (online or in person at the district office); see the Enrollment page for further details.

 

2. What if the school assigned is not my preferred school?
If you have an incoming 9th grader, please complete an Open Enrollment request when submitting Online Registration. 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 their 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. 

Interested in TIDE Academy?

Interested in TIDE Academy?

Interested in enrollment at TIDE Academy for the 2023-24 school year? If interested, attend the 8th Grade Information Night to find out if TIDE Academy is right for you and your student.
 
When: Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 from 5:30pm - 8pm.
Where: TIDE Academy, 150 Jefferson Drive Menlo Park, CA
Contact: Cristal Hernandez at chernandez@seq.org
 
For more information:
INTERESTED IN EAST PALO ALTO ACADEMY?

INTERESTED IN EAST PALO ALTO ACADEMY?

Fun at EPAA
 
Interested in enrollment at East Palo Alto Academy for the 2023-24 school year?
 
Below are details on upcoming events:
 
Parent Information Nights
When: Wednesday, November 16 or Thursday, January 12th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: East Palo Alto Academy, 1050 Myrtle St, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Contact: Vice Principal, Ms. Miranda-Pinkney at vpinkney@seq.org.
 
Shadow Days
You are welcome to come experience what it is like to be an EPAA student for the day.  
To visit you can either call our school office at (650) 839-8900 to schedule an appointment or email our Vice Principal, Ms. Miranda-Pinkney at vpinkney@seq.org. Our office hours are from 8:15 am- 4:15 pm.  You will be contacted and sent the form you need to complete in order to visit our school.  
 
For more information about our 10-year promise, and EPAA college scholarships, visit our website, epaahs.org
need assistance?

need assistance?

For Open Enrollment assistance, please contact: