Today: Update on new high school planned for Menlo Park


The board of the Sequoia Union High School District is set to receive a progress update on the thinking and planning for a new public high school planned for the M-2 light industrial district on the east side of Menlo Park.

The board meets Wednesday, April 20, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the district office at 480 James St. in Redwood City. The update is the third item on the agenda.

A 2013 forecast commissioned by the district predicted an enrollment surge starting around 2022, with a particular concentration 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. By adding a new freshman class each year, the school may be fully enrolled by the 2021-22 school year.

Tasks already accomplished by a committee working on the facility include creating time lines for building the school and the curriculum, choosing an architect, proposing a master schedule and determining profiles for potential students, according to a staff report.

A second committee has been collaborating with the local community college district in developing an instructional program, a bell schedule, a mentoring/internship model, and an academic support system for students in need of it, the report says.

At its April 20 meeting, the board will also conduct a public hearing and discussion on an application from the Oxford Day Academy, a charter school applying to open in East Palo Alto for the 2017-18 school year.

— Dave Boyce

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