Here's what she has to say-
IB and ICAP programs are highly sought after and there are only two schools between San Mateo and Palo Alto that offer them: Sequoia and an expensive private school in Palo Alto.
I believe they have the highest volume of applicants and transfer requests (they also take the most due to the above program, they have more seats for students).
They got a new principal two years ago who is great, enforces a dress code, very hands on and has helped to change the culture. Finally, there sports program is great: Football went all the way to CCS this year.
If you have a high school student today, Sequoia is the school everyone wants to go to.
I have found most families looking to purchase a home in San Carlos are young families whose children will be attending either elementary or middle school and they seem to be more concerned with their immediate needs. They don't appear to be deterred by our high school feeder schools when making a final decision to purchase.
Best of all, Sequoia's enrollment is far below maximum, so the student/teacher ratio is excellent. Carlmont is bursting at the seams, and for the first time in recent history they have denied transfer applications.
In the upcoming decade, Sequoia will be home to many high school students from San Carlos and I firmly believe there will be no negative impact on property values.