Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program

The Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program brings students from Ravenswood City School District to San Carlos School District. The program was created in 1986 as part of a Settlement Order in San Mateo County Court in response to a petition field by Margaret Tinsley and other parents of the Ravenswood City 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, approximately 25 students from Ravenswood City School District are assigned to kindergarten, first, or second-grade classrooms in SCSD. 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, SCSD 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 SCSD 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 involved at the school site level in either the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) or San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF).

Minority students in the Ravenswood City School District entering Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, first, or second grade. 

Applying to the Voluntary Transfer Program

Due to Covid-19 and the restrictions on gatherings, the informational meetings will not be held this year. The SMCOE is closed to the public; therefore, please submit your application via U.S. Mail no later than November 15, 2021. Click here for the meeting handouts.

To apply for the program, please complete this Application for the 2022-2023 school year (which begins in August of 2022). For more information, please contact Elvira Tapia at etapia@smcoe.org, (650) 802-5312.


Debido al Covid-19 y las restricciones a las reuniones, no habrá juntas informativas este año. Nuestra SMCOE está cerrada al público; por lo tanto, envié su aplicación por correo no más tardar del 15 de noviembre 2021. Haga clic aquí para obtener el folleto de la reunión. 

Para solicitor el program, complete esta Solicitud para el ano escolar 2022-23 (queue comienza en agosto de 2022). Para más información, comuníquese con Elvira Tapia, etapia@smcoe.org, (650) 802-5312. 

DO NOT SUBMIT your application to San Carlos School District.


Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program Bus Transportation Schedule
Pick up locations and times:
McNair Boys & Girls Club - 7:05 AM
Cesar Chavez School - 7:15 AM
Belle Haven School - 7:25 AM
Drop off locations and times:
McNair Boys & Girls Club - 2:00 PM
Cesar Chavez School - 2:10 PM
Belle Haven School - 2:20 PM