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.
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.