Woodside High School will be participating in the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League in the 2016-17 school year, one of many new opportunities made possible by donors to the Woodside High School Foundation, according to a May 26 statement from the foundation.
Woodside's debate team will join three other Peninsula high schools, all in East Palo Alto, and four schools in the South Bay, according to the debate league's website.
The nonprofit foundation, managed by parents of Woodside High students, received more than $900,000 in donations in the 2015-16 budget year that ends June 30. Other new foundation-funded electives planned are classes in entrepreneurship and programming for mobile applications, the statement says.
In addition to electives, the money is used to reduce class size -- an impact on 64 classes this time around -- and provide academic support, including $250,000 for new equipment for science, engineering and digital-arts programs, the foundation says.
Other specific uses for the funding for the coming school year include:
■ Thirteen sections of advanced-standing and advanced-placement English and math classes.
■ Free after-school tutoring and collaborative work spaces.
■ A second college-and-career counselor.
■ A summer program in math acceleration.
■ Freshman and sophomore boot camp in skills for AS and AP classes.
■ Grants totaling $36,000 to be distributed for the robotics team, solar charging kits, student leadership mentoring program, fine-arts supplies and tools, and upgrades to the library computers.