The Tinsley Volunteer Transfer Program

What is the Tinsley Volunteer Transfer Program?

In 1976, a group of parents filed a lawsuit, which contended that elementary students in the south county school districts were denied an equal educational opportunity because of the isolation of racial minorities in the Ravenswood City School District. The lawsuit was settled in 1986, when the school districts entered a Settlement Order designed to reduce racial isolation.

One component of the Settlement Order is the Voluntary Transfer Plan, which allows minority students in the Ravenswood City School District to transfer to one of the following six school districts: Las Lomitas, Menlo Park City, Palo Alto Unified, Portola Valley, San Carlos, and Woodside. Non-minority students in these six districts may transfer into the Ravenswood City School DistrictRedwood City and Belmont-Redwood Shores were originally part of the order, but reached a high enough minority ratio that they no longer have to enroll students under the settlement.

If you have not yet applied for the Tinsley Volunteer Transfer Program, remember to mail your application by U.S. Mail before the final deadline of February 2, 2021. Applications postmarked or received after the November 16, 2020 deadline are placed on a waitlist and transfers are only offered on a space available basis. Click here for meeting handout or for the Tinsley VTP application.

The application will be available on this website beginning on September 15 of each year until February 1 of the following year. No transfers will be made after May 1.

*I am including this article that looks at some of the impacts of the Tinsley Transfer Program, with one response to the article, as follows: "I've come across this article as I write my personal statement for the law school application process and I've been moved to tears. I am proud to say that I am a former Tinsley Program Student (1995-2004) and I agree - Learning to navigate between 2 such different social contexts has truly been a blessing in disguise. I attribute my Tinsley Program experience to my confidence today and for that I am truly grateful. I hope we can continue to improve our schools so that all of us can have equal access to quality education, not just the lucky few of us who win a lottery." Former Tinsley Student, Woodside School, September 14, 2014.

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