A coworker recently asked me the following question:
I have a 2 year old daughter and we’re considering buying a house. Redwood City is more affordable than other communities, but I’m worried about the public schools. So, should I consider moving to Redwood City?
The short answer is a resounding “yes!”. I have two daughters, ages 13 and 11 who have experienced the Redwood City Public School system first hand and all the way through. For elementary school, both went to Orion, a wonderful, very small school based on parent participation. The school is cozy and beautiful, the teachers are great, and the community is incredible. A fantastic experience.
Orion, ends in 5th grade and before High School you have to pick a Middle School. The default choice is Kennedy Middle School, the largest middle school in Redwood City. Both my daughters are now at Kennedy, one in 6th grade, the other one in 8th. Kennedy is a completely different experience. It’s large and diverse, admitting kids from many other schools in Redwood City. In a way, it provides a realistic sample of our population, with a majority latino contingent and kids from various socio-economic backgrounds. My kids have had a great time at Kennedy, enjoying the greater variety and opportunities that a larger school can provide. They’ve had some great teachers and have been challenged academically.
Yes, funding issues affect our schools, but teachers and the administration make heroic efforts to provide the best education possible. We’re happy with the results and see that are kids are well prepared to face the High School experience.
So, sure, you don’t need to worry about our schools and if Redwood City with its great geography, location, revitalized downtown are and more sound good, go ahead, move in.
That said, I want you to move in with your eyes wide open, so here’s some additional information you should know… Continue reading →