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Student enrollment at Woodside High not growing as predicted

 

Officials from the Sequoia Union High School District, citing a 2013 demographic study, have been anticipating an enrollment growth of 19 percent at Woodside High School by 2020, with the first signs expected in the 2015-16 school year.

Enrollment grew 2 percent to 1,815 students in the 2014-15 school year, but leveled out at about 1,800 for 2015-16 school year, according to state and Sequoia district data.

Principal Diane Burbank cited two possible reasons:

■ The school district's boundary map, revised in 2014, assigned all students from the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park to Menlo-Atherton High. Since the early 1980s, Ravenswood students from East Palo Alto had been bused to Woodside and Carlmont high schools in keeping with a judicial decree intended to desegregate those schools.

■ Enrollment has been dropping in the K-8 feeder schools for Woodside High. The high cost of housing in Redwood City is contributing to declining enrollment at high schools that serve Redwood City, according to recent demographic study done for the Sequoia district.

At Woodside High, Ms. Burbank said, the percentage of students signed up for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program was 40 percent at the start of the 2015-16 school year, down from 50 percent for the previous school year.

But enrollment rose in advanced-placement classes. For the 2014-15 school year, Woodside High was among 425 high schools nationwide recognized for extending AP enrollment to a broader range of students, Ms. Burbank said.

At Woodside, the broader range referred to Hispanic students and students living in poverty, according to the state Department of Education's definition of socio-economically disadvantaged students.

Overall, AP scores at Woodside were maintained or improved, Ms. Burbank said.

Correction

A story in the Dec. 30 issue of the Almanac recapping the year 2015 at Woodside High School incorrectly reported that ground had been broken for a new classroom building on campus. The groundbreaking is actually set for late spring in 2016.

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Posted by Rhonda
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm

Low enrollment at Woodside High is very likely due to so many low income families having to leave this area, dropping overall student population. This is reflected in the elementary student population now, disrupting flow of funding to schools. See how this insanely high pricing of homes and rentals is affecting us all? We need to keep our low income workers here, and by that I mean build affordable units, and stop paying only $10 to $15 an hour for their labor.


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Posted by Carlos
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Low income families are having a very difficult time since the Second Republican Great Depression in 2008 and it shows in all areas locally. I feel so bad that families have had to abandon the area due to low income opportunities and our high costs.

We have a national political party that is looking for sensible immigration reform as well as raising the minimum wage. The other national party is run by big business, which wants both to abolish the minimum wage and open the door to a flood of cheap labor to continue their record high profits. While the second party claims publicly to want a wall, they will never build it because their corporate masters wish the flow of cheap labor to continue for the sake of their profits.

This is why so many conservatives are forsaking the GOP for the far-right candidacies of Cruz and Trump.


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Posted by Really
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm

To Carlos and Rhonda. If you own a business just pay your employees above minimum wage and pass the cost on to the customer; no one is stopping you. See how that works out. Are you saying big business like Facebook and Google are hotbeds of Republican run boardrooms? If you want to help out the folks in government just give them money. Donate to Menlo Park or Redwood City government. If you really believe more money is needed to solve this problem pay above and beyond the bill at your local restaurant, dry cleaners, grocery store, etc. to help the workers. Or do you just want to have other people pay for your income redistribution?


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Posted by Right On
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Feb 2, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Way to go, "Really"! Tell it like it REALLY is and hope the "Gimmes" will listen up. The excess of low-skilled workers makes competition high for work or wages. Why should merchants pay a worker more than that worker is worth to their business? When the business fails for making such foolish decisions, then what happens to all the workers? Workers need to increase their skills to justify higher wages. not expect charity from employers who then must charge higher prices for their goods or go broke. Just as Mrs. Thatcher so wisely noted, "The trouble with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money!"


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 2, 2016 at 3:10 pm

There is no bluer state in our nation than California.

Every single statewide office is held by Democrats - EVERY SINGLE ONE - and that party has controlled our legislature for most of our lifetimes.

If our state is unable to provide affordable housing, you don't need to look beyond our state lines.


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Posted by Buck
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm

Keep paying service workers wages so low they can't afford a visit to the doctor when sick.

Then have them care for your grandkids and serve you FOOD.

Makes perfect sense.


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Posted by John McGraw
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Feb 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Has anybody ever thought that the reason for the decrease in enrollment is that the quality of public education is awful. It is controlled by tenured unionized teachers that cannot loose their jobs. It seems all the private schools in the area a full and have waiting lists. How about vouchers so that not only the rich families can get a quality education.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

John, I agree. Perhaps it's time to resurrect my Education Voucher.
Web Link


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Posted by Afraid for My Kids
a resident of Woodside High School
on Feb 3, 2016 at 7:20 am

We are raising our kids in Redwood City in the Woodside high school zone but are afraid to send them to Woodside because of what we hear from current and recent students there about the decreasing quality of the student population and teaching. So we are going to bite the bullet and send them to private school even though both of us were raised in public schools. I'm just too afraid to send them to a school full of kids who have no respect for themselves or anyone else.


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Posted by Woodside Parent
a resident of Woodside High School
on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

Dear "Afraid for My Kids", I am afraid you have been misinformed. All the standardized indicators (if you care about those) for WHS have been on the rise for many year. But more than that, I can tell that I have a sophomore at Woodside who absolutely loves it!

Based on the sheer number and variety of classes offered, the enthusiasm and quality of the teachers, the dynamic leadership (Diane Burbank as Principal is outstanding) and the atmosphere of a large and interesting student body, we could not be happier with the school.

The quality of the teachers is outstanding: the English, Science and Math departments are phenomenal. The Latin teacher is a superstar. The Mandarin teachers is so good that kids watch and understand movies in Mandarin after three months of instruction. The jazz band wins national awards. The Drama department is renowned for the quality of productions they put on. There is a three year computer science pathway and an excellent robotic team.

More than 90% of WHS graduates pursue a college education, from community colleges to Ivy League, and everything in between, reflecting the diverse student body of the school. As Principal Burbank always says, Woodside is where diversity meets opportunity and we feel that no school could offer better opportunity to our son than WHS.


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Posted by WHS Parent
a resident of Woodside High School
on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:20 am

"Afraid for My Kids" is wildly misinformed.
My son attended WHS for 2 years and left this year to attend a highly competitive boarding school. We have found that he was well prepared academically thanks to the education he received at WHS.




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Posted by Hillview Parent
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:35 am

I have a 8th grader at Hillview and a 5th grader at oak Knoll school and I have been following the enrollment at both Menlo Atherton and Woodside since the discussion of boundaries changes few year ago. Given the "horrendous", as my friend with a 9th grader at Menlo Atherton described to me, over-enrollment and over-crowding at Menlo Atherton, and the under enrollment at Woodside, I cannot understand why the district is not actively encouraging families like mine (West Menlo Park) to transfer to Woodside.

The decision to move all Ravenswood students into Menlo Atherton with moving students from West Menlo Park and Woodside into Whoodside High was simply a stupid one. I have friends who live next to Woodside and their kids are supposed to go to M-A: how stupid is that?

But now that is done, the district should at least encourage families to voluntarily move out of Menlo Atherton, distributing information about Woodside to La Entrada and Hillview families and encouraging them to consider it.

We decided that our son will attend Woodside High instead of Menlo Atherton and we will submit a transfer request.


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Posted by La Entrada parent
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Feb 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

Our daughter is a freshman at Woodside High this year and has loved it so far. She went to Las Lomitas / La Entrada, and we're zoned to M-A, but after shadowing at both schools as an 8th grader she liked Woodside better and transferred there. No regrets so far, and the short walk to school vs. a 20-30 minute trip on the bus is a huge win. It also makes extracurriculars and after school activities MUCH easier, since we don't have to drive, organize car pools, etc.

Choose what's right for your kids, but Woodside is definitely a comparable option to M-A.


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Posted by Woodside High School Parent
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Feb 3, 2016 at 10:17 am

Wow! “Afraid for My Kids”: I’m not sure where you are getting your information! We have graduated one child from Woodside High School and have a current junior. We wouldn’t consider any other school. Woodside High School has been a fantastic and supportive environment for both of our children, who have benefited from the sports programs, the leadership opportunities, the wonderfully diverse student population, and some amazing teachers. The teaching staff is young, energetic and highly educated, drawing from Stanford University and other first-rate schools in the area. It has been our experience that the faculty goes out of its way to support our students, making themselves available in the morning, throughout the day, and after school “until the last student leaves.” Their passion for teaching and their concern for the students is refreshing. My daughter commented the other day how happy she was at Woodside because she feels so supported. She did not mean just the teachers, but was also referring to the students and the respect they show one another.

As a graduate the Palo Alto public school system, which has a reputation for academic excellence and also for being a stress cooker, we feel wonderful about our decision to send our children to Woodside High School. The school is student-driven, with course offerings to meet student demands and interests. It is big enough that it offers something for everyone, but not so big that student have to fight for access to programs and courses. The administration, including Principal Diane Burbank, Instructional Vice Principal Diane Mazzei, and Head Guidance Counselor Francisco Negri do an amazing job keeping the school running smoothly and are super engaged with and responsive to the parent community. It is why there is a growing migration of West Menlo Park and Ladera families to Woodside High School from M-A.

If you have not visited the school, taken a principal’s tour, watched one of our amazing theater productions, seen the robotics team in action, or interacted with our school’s population, then you are really missing out.


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Posted by Woodside parent
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 3, 2016 at 10:37 am

My daughter is at Woodside High and is happy, academically challenged, and flourishing in the many opportunities the school offers in art, drama, and student leadership. I've also been a parent at excellent private middle and high schools, and our public high school experience at WHS has been at least as good, if not better.

It is better because of the diversity of kids from all kinds of backgrounds who I've seen get along beautifully. Because the teachers are glad to be there and often voluntarily work long hours and care about the kids. They may not all be from Ivy League schools, but they love teaching and are good at it. We have not had a single ineffective teacher in three years. And because there is no pressure to aim at a top college, but a persistent challenge to persevere and strive. My daughter has had a lot of freedom to find her own path rather than have it prescribed by societal expectations. Woodside High School is a breath of fresh air in Silicon Valley.


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Posted by La Entrada parent
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Feb 3, 2016 at 10:40 am

Add my name to the list of parents who thinks lower enrollment at Woodside is just one of the many great aspects of our school.

Like at least one other on this thread, we opted out of our districted school (MA) and chose Woodside because of the outstanding leadership, small class sizes, inclusive feel, and inspiring teachers. My straight A student has made nice new friends and is thriving academically.

"Afraid for my Kids" - I understand fear of the unknown but I encourage you (and everyone) to do more homework regarding Woodside. I spent dozens of hours comparing schools prior to making this choice for my student.

In fact, I know of two educators with students districted to other high schools who are each opting to send their own children to Woodside this year.

I would also add that all high schools have a few students who present challenges. Rest assured, private schools are no different. Most students attract high school friends who most closely match the values with which they have been raised.

No bad choices.


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Posted by Woodside Graduate
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 3, 2016 at 11:03 am

My daughter is a Woodside graduate and now happily attending a very highly competitive college. She started her high school career as freshman at an exclusive and costly local private high school where she had a horrible time socially.
So she decided to transfer as sophomore to her local public high school, Woodside. We supported her in this decision, but I was very worried. I agreed with her that the "scene" at the private school was not good, but I was worried about the academics. If I have to be honest, I was determined not to like Woodside. But I could not find anything wrong with it, nothing at all! I would say that from an academic point of view, it was actually better than the private school.
My only regret? The money we spent on the private school tuition her freshman year - what a waste!


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Posted by Elaine Park
a resident of another community
on Feb 3, 2016 at 11:54 am

Dear Afraid for My Kids, It's open house at Woodside High School tonight 6:30 to 8 pm. Please come by and actually meet in person the kids and teachers. You will be safe, I promise you.


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Posted by fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

According to the website, the open house is tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 4. Food trucks from 5-6:30, classrooms open 6:30-8pm.

I look forward to attending with my child, having heard many positive things from other academically top ranked kids who came through Woodside Elementary.


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Posted by WHS grad and parent
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Feb 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Afraid for my kids:
I am afraid you would be critical of the public system no matter which public school you were talking about because instead of reaching out and exploring, you fed off of someone else's words. There is so much diversity at WHS that when my son went off to UCLA this Fall, he was prepared to reach out and take part in many of the enriching dorm and student led activities on campus. He has made many new friends alongside the 7 other WHS grads attending UCLA this Fall. He achieved a 4.0 first semester and I am sure he will soar due to his rich and eclectic experience at WHS. His choices for college ranged from UCLA, Cal, U Wash, UCSB and many others that courted with merit scholarships. WHS will prepare your student to achieve the goals they set for themselves.

The enrollment problem most likely has more to do with the economy and affordability of our area...we need to seek better solutions than exist right now.


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Posted by Ethan
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Feb 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm

"How about vouchers so that not only the rich families can get a quality education?"

And then the private schools will raise their tuitions accordingly, and limit their enrollments to ensure exclusivity. The vouchers won't be enough to cover the tuition, and the public schools in the low-income areas will decline further.

How about vouchers so poor families can get into country clubs?


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Feb 3, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Woodside High is a GEM! My children love it and are very proud of their school.

Yes, there are real issues related to affordable housing and employment swirling around us but those issues are not limited to Woodside and have no bearing on the quality of education and experiences our children are receiving at WHS.

Please be open minded and for the sake of the kids - shut you're duff. They are tired of wondering why everyone talks so poorly/rudely about their school. The are busy learning, making their way in this crazy area we call home and could really use our support.


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Posted by Apple
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm

@Ethan

If vouchers become available, some private schools will raise tuition. But you will see more new private schools formed, especially if parents are looking to switch their kids to a better school. With competition, private school costs should not be much more than what it costs to run a school. That's how tuition can be kept in check.

Another form of the school choice system is charter schools. That also facilitates school choice for kids in a district. That seems to be the more popular program nowadays to facilitate school choice.


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Posted by Proud former Woodside High parent
a resident of Woodside High School
on Feb 3, 2016 at 2:24 pm

To Afraid for my Kids - If your child needs coddling, and you have money to burn, by all means try for a private school. But Woodside High is great. My daughter graduated from there, got into almost every university she applied to and chose UC Berkeley over UCLA which had offered her a $40,000 scholarship, but was less suited to her. I was afraid she might have done really well at Woodside because the competition was limited, but she did great at Berkeley and is now in law school on a full academic scholarship and at the top of her class. By the way, she refused to even apply at her dad's alma mater private school, where fewer kids got into UC's her year than did from Woodside High. You must have been talking to parents whose kids didn't actually attend Woodside.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Woodside High School
on Feb 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm

worth digging into the data more deeply: rather than restating engrained beliefs/biases. it's all online at Web Link

enrollment is going up across SUHSD ... exactly as you would expect from the cohort survival rate in each of the K-8 districts (can we please stop calling them "feeders"?!?)

and also in the largest K-8 district: Redwood City ... is not one seeing the large number of apartment building going up as new residences.

Best to plan for HS growth ... and if the schools turn out to be a little less crowded, so much the better. SUHSD is paid by property tax base, not by student enrollment.


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Posted by MPer
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Feb 3, 2016 at 3:33 pm

vouchers are a horrible idea. Just look at the quality of online private colleges that are funded by gov't backed students loans. The educating is worthless and the CEO are rich. Expect the same if the gov't starts giving away money in this way.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 3, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

My Performance Accountability Voucher for Education is not your father's voucher. Check it out.
Web Link


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of another community
on Feb 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Jack Hickey -- "My Performance Accountability Voucher for Education is not your father's voucher."

No, it isn't. It's much, MUCH worse.


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Posted by Parent1
a resident of Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
on Feb 3, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Jack, you say vouchers will bring forth new private schools...where? Our Woodside, Pirtola, Menlo Park areas are built up. There's not room for new housing, where on earth could you find space for a new school. Private or not building costs would be prohibitive. It's a good idea but no way to execute.


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Posted by Apple
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 3, 2016 at 10:36 pm

Vouchers are merely a tool. How the voucher program is structured really determines whether a particular voucher program becomes an effective public policy.

For example, you could have vouchers that let students attend another public school in a neighboring district. You can have vouchers that let students attend a charter school. There's even vouchers for universities, except vouchers in this case are called scholarships. It's not a requirement that voucher programs be allowed for private schools.

The concept behind the voucher is giving parents school choice, even if they are poor. Students can attend a better school without having to worry about the cost.

If you don't think vouchers are good for your school district, you probably live in a good school district. Your locality doesn't need vouchers. But ask any parent that lives in a poorly run school district. Most want vouchers as a tool to send their kids to a better school.


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Posted by Another La Entrada Paremt
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Feb 4, 2016 at 8:50 am

Dear Hillview parent, not only the district is not encouraging families to transfer to Woodside, but it is preventing them from getting information about Woodside. At La Entrada we asked to have the Woodside administration to visit our school (we get visit from the M-A administration) and we were told it is against "the superintendent's rule". It looks to me that this superintendent's idea of good education and best use of tax payers' money is cramming as many kids as possible in one school and spending money to build it up, while leaving another high school with half empty buildings!


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Posted by fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

> we will submit a transfer request [into WHS].

A reminder that the deadline is Friday, February 19, 4pm.


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Posted by JU
a resident of Atherton: other
on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:09 am

Due to M-A being overcrowded, they are also planning to build a magnet school in Menlo Park. Wouldn't it make more sense to redistrict some of the students from M-A to the schools with declining enrollment growth?
Web Link
If there's money on the table, you can bet any gov't entity will find a way (and justification) to spend it.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:21 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Parent 1- Our government school districts have overbuilt and facilities are underutilized. Private schools should evolve using this surplus.
---My Performance Accountability Voucher for Education calls for the sale of surplus facilities. Web Link)
Sec. 5 RESOURCES UTILIZATION
a. The Legislature shall provide for a phaseout of public schools by
disposition of the publicly-owned educational properties in this State, with
monies accruing therefrom being first applied to reduce bonded
indebtedness, and then applied to funding of the Educational Performance
Fund; effective upon passage of this Amendment. Disposition shall be
accomplished in not more than five annual increments, with Charter
Schools in the State a preferred element of the first increment.
b. To facilitate a continuity of educational experiences and accreditation's, the Legislature shall encourage participation by corporations, teachers, and other organizations in the formation and operation of open-enrollment schools from existing government institutions. Loans from the Educational Performance Fund secured by Certificate assignments totaling not more than $4,000 for any one student may be made to such open-enrollment schools. Regulation of these schools shall be no more restrictive than that imposed on Charter Schools as codified on 1 January, 2000.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:38 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Here's an excellent article on California school choice efforts by Ron Matus. Ron is director for policy & public affairs at Step Up for Students in Florida and a former editor of redefinED. Web Link


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:48 am

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Here are links to my 1979 proposed Constitutional Amendment (endorsed by Milton Friedman, and a revised version circulated in 2000:
Web Link
Web Link


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Posted by Stats
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:34 am

From what I have seen, West Menlo students are being actively guided to consider Woodside. And from the new projections that's probably a good idea. Perhaps the Sequoia Union High School District board should consider scaling back the Woodside expansion or using the expansion space for one of the magnet school (though that's bit problematic since that's not where most of the students would be coming from).


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Posted by WES & WHS parent
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm

I have two students at Woodside High and agree with the many positive comments about the school, teachers, sports, and students at WHS.

Some responders are missing a key part of this article: it does not say that enrollment is decreasing. The earlier projections were for nearly 25% growth (from roughly 8,000 students in the district to 10,000) over the next several years. The enrollment is still likely to increase, just not at such a rapid rate.

Re: parent choice ... in addition to the four comprehensive high schools, there are several charter high schools (including Summit and Everest) within the district that provide other options for families.


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Posted by alexafrisbie
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Feb 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm

I want to say how pleased we are with Woodside High School. I am an educator, and the quality of teachers at Woodside is tremendous. They are highly intelligent and passionate about their subjects. Our son is connected, interested and excelling under their guidance. The 1.5 hour classes leads to deeper learning possibilities, and the 9 a.m. start for many students is a real plus. We could not be more pleased!


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Posted by TJ
a resident of Woodside High School
on Jun 1, 2017 at 1:02 am

As a parent I feel Woodside is a very functioning school.

Administration - Most of the staff I have met are very helpful. Students get clear message that school cares about their behavior and academic performance.

Faculty – 90% of teachers my student has had so far are very good. School tries keeping the classes small so students receive good amount of attention.

Courses – There are good selections of APs and electives. Students almost always get what they choose to take. The only thing I hope for is that WHS opens more honor classes for students who wish to take the level between regular and AP...

Opportunities – Woodside provides variety of clubs and activities. Because it is not overcrowded, students have good chances to try many things.

Students – While many students are friendly, active and hard-working, some students don't focus on learning and they can disrupt the class sometimes. However, the campus is safe and the spirit of the school is good.

Personally I don’t believe in voucher for private school. I believe we should focus on improving public schools so they can serve everyone.


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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jun 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

pogo is a registered user.

There is one consistent theme to comments from parents of students in our large, comprehensive, public high schools - if your child is in the top 10% or bottom 10%, you're generally pretty happy.

If your child is academically gifted, they are able to ignore the distractions and succeed in spite of it. I would suggest that academically gifted children do pretty well in most reasonable environments. And if your child is on the other end of the scale and has significant challenges, the amount of help that public schools provide in terms of staffing, support, assistance, etc. is truly remarkable. The economic benefit to those children and their families is, of course, difficult to find (or pay for) privately.

But the other consistent theme is the dissatisfaction of families with children in the 80% in the middle. Those students who fall in the largest part of the bell shaped curve can easily get lost, get distracted, or become disinterested. That they face these "distractions" is truly unacceptable.

So yes, the school does a great job ... at the top and at the bottom. But so far - and our test scores seem to prove this - the schools continue to do a pretty mediocre job with that very large (80%) of students in the middle.


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Posted by TJ
a resident of Woodside High School
on Jun 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

A student ranked 50% in one school might be top 10% at another. The kind and level of distractions can be very different in each school, depending on many factors. How students handle themselves has a lot to do with family values and community cultures.... which are hard to control or change in a short time.

I think a good school cares about its students and provides good opportunities for them. IMO Woodside offers good classes and facilities which give all students opportunities to try different things. It's not perfect, but it is functioning quite well. I chose Woodside over private.


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