A visit can be very important in helping students determine which high
school will be the best fit for them. When choosing a high school, we
recommend visiting for a day. The TIDE Shadow Program gives 8th grade
students the opportunity to experience life at TIDE Academy. Eighth graders are paired with a 9th grade host so they can
experience a typical day at TIDE.
Shadowing takes place on Fridays from November through February.
Shadowing is very popular and appointments fill fast, so sign up early
to reserve your spot. Available dates are filled on a first-come,
TIDE Shadowing Waitlist. We know that plans change,
students get ill, or an exam or field trip may pop onto an 8th grader’s
calendar. We are asking for families to please cancel any shadow
appointment they can not make. The weeks before your scheduled visit,
you will receive confirmation emails from TIDE shadowing. If you are
unable to attend, please cancel your shadowing date. By canceling,
another family on the waitlist can fill the slot. Please help us reduce
our number of no shows and fill those very desirable shadowing slots.
To book an appointment, please use the Sign-up Genius link above.
The appointment window opens November 4th at 8:00
am. Appointments must be made at least one week prior to your planned
Can a transfer student sign-up for shadowing?
Our shadowing program is for 8th graders who want to see a typical
day in high school. We offer transfer students a visit day through our
leadership program. High schoolers arrive at 8:40 and attend 1st through 7th
period with one of our leadership students. Lunch can be purchased on campus
and take a private school tour with their host.
What do I need to do to sign up?
You will provide your student’s name and parent contact information,
his/her middle school, and any requests. Once you sign up, you will
receive a confirmation email and reminder emails before your
appointment. Please reply to the emails if there are any changes so we
can contact families on the waitlist. Sign-ups should be completed by
parents or guardians or school officials. Students should not sign-up
and block spots for their friends. Each shadow’s contact information
should be unique and provide contact information for their parent. If
you need help signing up or need assistance in Spanish, please call the Main Office at 650-306-1755.
Who will be the shadow’s host?
Shadows will be paired with a current freshman. The goal is shadows see a
typical day in high school. The Shadow will go to the classes and any
lunchtime club meetings or activities that the host has scheduled for
the day. Hosts will call before the visit to answer questions and to let
the Shadow know about their schedule and lunch plans for the day.
Is it possible to shadow with a specific student?
Yes. We encourage you to request a friend as your host. Shadows may
request specific students to serve as the host when they sign-up.
Please keep in mind that all of our Shadow hosts must be current 9th
graders who have volunteered for the program and completed the sign up
to be a host. Each host is responsible for only one guest at a time, so
if they have already been paired with a visitor, we will definitely find
another host. We will always do our best to meet your request, but
cannot make any promises.
What time do Shadows need to arrive and be picked up and where do they meet?
Shadows must sign in at the Main Office in the front of
the school by 8:40 a.m. They will receive a welcome packet, which
includes a copy of the host’s schedule and a visitor pass for the day.
Hosts will greet their Shadow in the front office around 8:40. First
period starts at 8:55. Shadows will be brought back to the Main Office to return their pass and sign out. Shadows should
be picked up at 3:55 p.m. in front of the school.
What should a Shadow bring with him/her? Do Shadows need a lunch?
The Shadow should bring a book to read or a quiet activity in the
event that the host has a test or quiz. Please do not bring electronic
devices; they are not permitted in class. The host will also let the
Shadow know what he/she typically does for lunch. Students either bring a
lunch from home or bring money to purchase lunch at our on-campus
What happens if I need to cancel?
We understand that schedule change. We have added a wait list to
help reduce our number of no shows. Families will receive confirmation
emails before their scheduled visit. Please respond to the email if
there has been any changes to your plans. If a shadow is a no show
without reaching out to us, we will not be able to schedule another
shadow visit for that student until the second semester in January. Our
program fills up each year and we can not ensure there will be
appointments available to reschedule.
May I schedule a second visit?
Each year TIDE hosts many potential students. In order to let
every prospective TIDE experience a day at TIDE, we only allow
one shadow visit. Please sign up for only one appointment. We will
contact you if there are multiple sign-ups to confirm your first-choice
When is the deadline to apply for Open Enrollment?
Open enrollment is from October through February. Open enrollment
and intra-district transfers are handled through the Sequoia Union High
School District offices. Please refer to their website for more details and information. For more information, parents may call the Sequoia Union High School District office at (650) 369-1411.
If I still have questions, whom should I contact?
Please call the Main Office with any other questions 650-306-1755