Voluntary Transfer Program
The Voluntary Transfer Program (VTP), also referred to as the Tinsley Program, brings students from Ravenswood School District to Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). The program was created in 1986 as part of a Settlement Order in San Mateo County Court in response to a petition filed by Margaret Tinsley and other parents of the Ravenswood 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
- Improve educational achievement of Ravenswood students
- Enhance inter-district cooperation
Each year, 60 students from Ravenswood School District are assigned to kindergarten, first, or second grade classrooms in PAUSD. Terms of the settlement specify that only new students entering TK, kindergarten, first, or second grade are eligible to enter the program.
The San Mateo County Office of Education administers the Tinsley application process. Once students have been assigned to PAUSD, our staff works closely with parents. We offer workshops which provide parents with the tools they need to ensure the academic goals they have for their children are met.