Wednesday: School board reviews plans for new Menlo Park high school


A new public high school is coming to the commercial zone in eastern Menlo Park, and a discussion of what curriculum would best suit the school is on the agenda tonight (Oct. 21) of the governing board of the Sequoia Union Public High School District.

With an enrollment surge of as much as 25 percent in the district by 2022, and with a particular concentration expected at Menlo-Atherton High School, the new school at 150 Jefferson Drive would provide new classrooms and related facilities for 300 to 400 students. The school is set to open in August 2018.

A board majority is in favor of a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, as well as a partnership with Canada Community College, a linked-learning relationship with businesses in the area, a curriculum consistent with University of California standards, and a "commitment to the recruiting of a diverse student body," according to a staff report.

A 15-member advisory committee has been reviewing ideas for the school's curriculum. A subcommittee will make a report tonight to the board, which meets at 5:30 p.m. at the district office at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City. On the advisory committee are teachers, administrators, board members, community college staff and representatives of the community.

An eight-member subcommittee has been meeting weekly to discuss the design of the curriculum and an instructional role for the San Mateo County Community College District. The Oct. 21 meeting will be an opportunity for the board to offer guidance to the committee.

Among ideas under discussion: a bus route from the school directly to Canada College for summer and after-school courses, and a senior-year project that engages students in projects that benefit their communities.

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