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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 kindergarten, first, or second grade are eligible to enter the program. If VTP students transfer out of our District, PAUSD may be assigned more than 60 students per year. For example, PAUSD was assigned 77 VTP students for the 2002-03 school year because 17 VTP students transferred out of PAUSD during 2001-02. 

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.

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VTP Office, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto

Applications available at PAUSD district office.

The San Mateo County Office of Education administers the VTP application process.

Siblings of current Tinsley students must fill out an application, siblings are not automatically enrolled.

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Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto

Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided.

San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City

The San Mateo County Office of Education administers the VTP application process.

Siblings of current Tinsley students must fill out an application, siblings are not automatically enrolled.

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Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto

New families will receive invitations in the mail by December 27th.

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Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto

The department of Academic Supports in collaboration with the Department of Maintenance Operations and Transportation will hold two community meetings with families who participate in the Tinsley program to discuss transportation.

Spanish translation and childcare will be provided.

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Community Room, East Palo Alto YMCA

The department of Academic Supports in collaboration with the Department of Maintenance Operations and Transportation will hold two community meetings with families who participate in the Tinsley program to discuss transportation.

Spanish translation and childcare will be provided.