News: Ravenswood Students Given Priority in Requesting Transfers to M-A

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The SUHSD board voted to allow Ravenswood students to bypass the open enrollment lottery, giving them priority when they request to transfer to M-A.

As of the Sequo

ia Union High School District (SUHSD) Board meeting on October 9th, students from the Ravenswood School District wishing to transfer to Menlo-Atherton can be given priority over other students living outside the M-A attendance area. Previously, Ravenswood students hoping to attend M-A participated in the same open-enrollment lottery as other eighth-graders, which granted transfer requests as capacity allowed.

The Board voted 4-1 to allow Ravenswood students to bypass the open enrollment lottery. Ravenswood parents overwhelmingly favor the changes — despite living closer to M-A, Ravenswood students have been bussed to Carlmont and Woodside High School since 1986 as part of now-expired desegregation efforts. Many viewed this as unfair and detrimental to the students and parents who found their high school community less accessible as a result of this distance. Carlmont, for instance, is approximately 11 miles away from East Palo Alto, while M-A is around 3 miles from EPA.

Additionally, teachers and parents noted that “[we] want all the communities to really embrace the richness of Ravenswood students,” emphasizing the importance of not discounting them “just because they may be less affluent,” especially since “Ravenswood has been neglected for many decades now.” Dr. Gloria Hernandez, the superintendent of Ravenswood City School District, praised the changes giving priority to the transfer requests of Ravenswood students as “a move in the right direction.”