Sequoia Union High School District Considering Boundary Changes

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An Expected Surge in Enrollment

In a letter to Sequoia Union High School District families, Superintendent James Lianides laid out the plan for six community meetings which will discuss possible boundary changes for Carlmont, Sequoia, Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools.  The primary reason behind the prospective boundary change is the expected surge in enrollment.  Here are the projections by SUHSD:

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Boundary Changes Are About Balancing Enrollment

The projected average will be 2,400 students per school with Carlmont obviously projected as being the highest above that average at 2,600 students. Woodside would be the lowest at 2,080 students.  In an effort to more evenly balance the enrollment at each school, the District is prepared to have a series community meetings to ask for input on future changes.  The District has come up four tenets which establish a framework to discuss the possible boundary changes.  They are as follows:

(1)  Ensuring that all four comprehensive high schools will have an enrollment reasonably close to the district average.

(2)  Preserving communities and strengthen relationships between feeder schools and high schools.  We will accomplish this by limiting the number of high school students from a partner middle school attend to no more than two.

(3) Seeking ways to maintain diversity at Carlmont High School.

(4) Continuing an open enrollment policy as an important part of the parent decision making process within the context of each school’s physical capacity and overall district balance.

It seems logical to assume that the school that may face the most change with any type of boundary adjustment is Carlmont.  Carlmont has the highest number of projected students over the 2,400 student average and it is the only school called out individually in the District’s set of tenets, above.

The first community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at Sequoia High School in Redwood City at Carrington Hall at 7:00 pm.


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