Enrollment jumps at Sequoia High School…
September 18, 2009
(And it's not all from San Carlos…)
Sequoia High School is enjoying an incredible surge in its enrollment. Over the past three years, the student body has grown to a size that hasn't been seen on this campus in many years. Some of this is to be expected, since more San Carlos students were vectored to Sequoia when Carlmont High School hit its enrollment limit a few years ago and stopped taking intra-district transfers.
But more students are coming to Sequoia from different parts of the Peninsula that are outside of Sequoia's traditional boundaries, such as Menlo Park, Woodside, and Belmont. Clearly, they're making the trip because by choice, not by necessity. I'm a big fan of Sequoia, and I proudly serve as a board member on the Sequoia High School Education Foundation, so I clearly understand why families choose to send their kids here.
The total enrollment at Sequoia this year is approximately 1,837 students. This is a 17% increase from the prior year, and a whopping 25% increase from just two years ago. Is all of this upside coming from the Freshman class? Not necessarily — this past year, the Freshman class grew by 15%, so this indicates that part of the enrollment increase is from students transferring in at the upper class levels.
Here's a quick snapshot of the numbers:
The Carlmont Syndrome
Sequoia boasts the largest campus of all of the schools in the Sequoia Union High School District. But if enrollment keeps growing at this rate, Sequoia may someday be tackling the same over-enrollment problems that Carlmont has recently. That means not everybody who wants to get into Sequoia will. But that's a good problem to have, because it proves what I've been saying all along — Sequoia has the right stuff…