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 Transitional Kindergarten, 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

2023-2024 Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program application (application is in both English and Spanish).  Hard copies of the application are available at each of our elementary schools, as well as the District Office.

Please visit the program website for information or to obtain an application beginning September 15, 2023. 

The application is for a Tinsley transfer that will take effect August 2023.  All applications received from parents between September 15, 2022 to November 15, 2022, will be treated equally; SMCOE does grant transfers on a first-come basis.

For more information, please contact Elvira Tapia at [email protected], (650) 802-5312.

Applications should be mailed to:
San Mateo County Office of Education
Attn: Joy Dardenelle
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065-1064

Applications should not be mailed to school district.



Aplicar al Programa de Transferencia Voluntaria

Solicitud del Programa de Transferencia Voluntaria Tinsley 2023-2024 (la solicitud está en inglés y español). Las copias impresas de la solicitud están disponibles en cada una de nuestras escuelas primarias, así como en la Oficina del Distrito.

Visite el sitio web del programa para obtener información o para obtener una solicitud a partir del 15 de septiembre de 2023.

La solicitud es para una transferencia Tinsley que entrará en vigencia en agosto de 2023. Todas las solicitudes recibidas de los padres entre el 15 de septiembre de 2022 y el 15 de noviembre de 2022 serán tratadas por igual; SMCOE otorga transferencias por orden de llegada.

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Elvira Tapia a [email protected] (650) 802-5312.

Las solicitudes deben enviarse por correo a:
Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Mateo
Atención: Joy Dardenelle
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Ciudad de la secoya, CA 94065-1064

Las solicitudes no deben enviarse por correo al distrito escolar.


Tinsley Transportation & Back-to-School Resources
See our Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program Transportation & Resources page for more information on bus schedules and back-to-school information.