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District Information

Welcome to the new Belmont-Redwood Shores School District website! We are excited to share the wonderful opportunities available for our students, staff and community.

Whether you are a current resident of the district, considering relocating to the area, or just browsing – this website has been designed to provide information about Belmont-Redwood Shores Schools, such as teaching and learning, National School lunch program, school year calendars, budget information, technology plans, facility projects, Board policies and much more.

Our teachers and staff work hard to provide high quality educational opportunities for all students within environments that nurture healthy academic, social and emotional growth. In order for all children to succeed at the highest levels of their potential, we believe a strong relationship between the home and school is a necessity. We encourage parents and the community to take an active role in the education of our children.

We hope you will find our site helpful and thank you for visiting Belmont-Redwood Shores School District.

The District

The Belmont‑Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD) is located on the San Francisco Peninsula, midway between San Francisco and San Jose. The District serves the city of Belmont and the community of Redwood Shores, which is located in Redwood City.

The District is made up of six elementary (K-5) schools feeding into Ralston Middle School (grades 6-8).  District enrollment is approximately 3600 students.  Four of the elementary schools – Central, Cipriani, Fox and Nesbit – are in the city of Belmont  and two elementary schools, Redwood Shores Elementary, and Sandpiper serve Redwood Shores.  The District enjoys a fine reputation in providing high-quality educational programs for all students.  Most of the District’s elementary schools, as well as its middle school, have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. 

Traditionally, the District’s many successes can be attributed to far-reaching support from the community. Parent involvement and volunteerism are high district‑wide with active PTA units at all seven school sites. The District has an educational foundation – School Force – committed through its fundraising efforts to maintain programs such as music, elementary science specialists, and librarians. In addition, a successful parcel tax was passed in November, 2005 and a seven‑year $78 annual parcel tax in 2008. The District has begun exploring a new parcel tax which could be placed on a future ballot.

Voters passed two bond measures to fund district‑wide facility updates while equalizing the amount residents in both Redwood Shores and Belmont pay. The District’s enrollment has grown, resulting in the adoption of a No School Attendance Boundary board policy and the implementation of an algorithm program that assigns students to schools by minimizing total distance walked and maximizing school capacities. The District has been able to maintain smaller classes and a 180 student-days calendar despite the ongoing state budget woes due to a commitment to sound fiscal management.

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Community

Belmont was incorporated as a city in 1926. The name “Belmont” was drawn from two French phrases meaning “beautiful mountain” for this tree‑covered community whose hills reach an altitude of about 750 feet. In central Belmont, part of the former William C. Ralston estate – dating back to 1864 – is now occupied by the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University.

Belmont has many recreational areas throughout the community, including extensive open space and trials. Twin Pines Park on Ralston Avenue provides picnic facilities and a senior and community center, and is home to a summer concert series as well as a popular art and wine festival. The Belmont Sports Complex, located between Belmont and Redwood Shores, includes various ball fields, picnic and play areas, and a recreation building.

Development of Redwood Shores, directly east of the city of Belmont, started in the 1960’s. Redwood Shores is a water‑oriented community of single family and multiple family dwellings along San Francisco Bay. There are approximately 15,000 residents in the community. Robust technology is a growing part of the area’s economy with Oracle’s world headquarters sitting at the entrance to Redwood Shores.