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Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program


The Tinsley Transfer Program brings students from Ravenswood School District to the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. The program was created in 1986 as part of a Settlement Order in San Mateo County Court in response to a petition filed by Margaret Tinsley and other parents of the Ravenswood School District.

The program aims to:

  • Reduce the racial isolation of students of color in the Palo Alto, Ravenswood, and other San Mateo County School Districts (Menlo Park, Las Lomitas, Portola Valley, Woodside, San Carlos and Belmont-Redwood Shores)
  • Improve educational achievement of Ravenswood students
  • Enhance inter-district cooperation

Each year, students from Ravenswood School District are assigned to kindergarten, first, or second grade classrooms in BRSSD. Once granted, the transfers are permanent and students may remain in their new districts until they graduate, provided they do not move out of their attendance area. Terms of the settlement specify that only new students entering kindergarten, first, or second grade are eligible to enter the program. If Tinsley students transfer out of our District, BRSSD may be assigned more students each year to fill those slots. Students assigned to replace students who have transferred out are still only assigned to K-2 (not the grade level from which the previous student matriculated).

The San Mateo County Office of Education administers the Tinsley application process. As BRSSD students, they receive full District services and are provided bus transportation to and from school.

Parent Involvement

All Tinsley Parents are encouraged to be actively invloved at the school site level in either the Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) or School Force.


Students of color living in the Ravenswood City School District entering kindergarten, first, or second grade.

Applying to the Voluntary Transfer Program 
A limited number of new transfers are available each year. 
Students are chosen by lottery. 

Applications are accepted every year from September 15 - November 15 by:

Mefula Fairley, Tinsley Transfer Administrator
San Mateo County Office of Education
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065-1064

Applications must be postmarked or received in the San Mateo County Office of Education by November 15.

DO NOT SUBMIT your application to the Belmont- Redwood Shores School District.


BRSSD Tinsley Contact Information

Once students have been assigned to BRSSD, our staff works closely with parents. Please contact us if you have any questions:

Jennifer Battad


(650) 637-4800 Ext. 1013