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Group Projects at TIDE Academy - Public High School in Menlo ParkPlease join us and get a glimpse of our interactive virtual classrooms. Eighth-graders will be paired with a 10th-grade host. Through zoom, they will experience a typical distance learning day at TIDE.
 
Shadowing will be virtual as we are 100% distance learning currently.
 
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. Experience the classes and full student life at High School. 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, first-served basis.



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How do I schedule a Shadow visit?
To book an appointment, please use the Sign-up Genius link above. Appointments must be made at least one week prior to your planned visit.

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. 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 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 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 lunch from home or bring money to purchase lunch at our on-campus facilities.

What happens if I need to cancel? 
We understand that schedule change.  We have added a waitlist to help reduce our number of no shows.  Families will receive confirmation emails before their scheduled visit.  Please respond to the email if there have 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 date.
 
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