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Enrollment Growth

How has rising enrollment affected the District’s schools?

While the District is proud of the vote of confidence in its schools and pleased to accommodate all students, the increased number of students has created certain stresses on its existing facilities and produced imbalances in the enrollment across the elementary schools. For example, Cipriani Elementary, the smallest school in the District, was built to accommodate approximately 300 students. In the 2011-12 school year, Cipriani enrolled nearly 400 students, approximately one-third more than its capacity. The school accommodated the extra students only by converting the teacher staff room and its dedicated science room into permanent classrooms.

What has the District done to accommodate rising enrollment?

The District pursued a variety of strategies to address this growth over the past several years, including the following:

  • In 2008, the Redwood Shores community approved the District’s proposal to build a new elementary school, which opened in the fall of 2010. Because of continued growth in Redwood Shores, the District secured additional funds from the State of California to build additional classrooms at the new Redwood Shores Elementary School in the summer of 2012.
  • Beginning in 2009, the District’s elementary schools began two shifts of Kindergarten classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, which allowed the schools to enroll more Kindergarteners with the same number of classrooms. 
  •  Beginning in 2010, with the assistance of the District’s teachers, the maximum number of students in each Kindergarten to third grade classroom was increased from 20 to 25, allowing the District to fit more students into existing classrooms.
  •  In November 2010, voters approved the sale of approximately $35 million in school bonds. The District is using the proceeds of the bond sales to update and modernize school facilities, but also build additional classrooms at Ralston Middle School and the elementary schools.


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