The Redwood City School District (RCSD) operates elementary and middle schools in the area. It also manages several public high schools in the Sequoia Union High School District. Many students from the community attend Woodside High School, which is located in the nearby town of Woodside.
Part-day and full day preschool programs for children 3 to 5 years of age, as well as after school care for Kindergarten and first graders, are part of the programs that serve over 700 preschool-age and school age children attending public schools.
The Child Development Centers offer an age-appropriate educational curriculum to develop skills in cognitive, language, social, emotional and physical domains. The goal is to help children become successful in kindergarten and primary grades.
Educational institutions managed by RCSD include: the comprehensive Sequoia High School; these charter schools: Summit Preparatory Charter High School and Everest Public High School, and the continuation school: Redwood High School.
Redwood City has one community college, Cañada College, and several private schools such as the Holy Family School, Greenoaks Montessori, Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Redwood Baptist, Wherry Academy, Wings Learning Center, Menlo School and Montessori Community and Family School, among others.
The Peninsula Library System has four branches in Redwood: Downtown, Fair Oaks, Redwood Shores, and Schaberg.
Computers and copy machines that print in color and black & white are available at all branches for library cardholders. No reservations are needed because the service operates on a first come, first served basis.
The Downtown Library offers faxing and scanning services, and there is also a microfilm reader that accepts both, microfilm and microfiche.
The Redwood City Public Library has meeting rooms available for educational, cultural, intellectual, civic, and charitable organizations. An approved application is required for meeting room reservations.
Redwood Shores’ Sea Link Café at Redwood Shores Branch Library, is another great location to hold meetings. Both, Downtown Library and Redwood Shores Branch Library have private study rooms available.
Programs featured by the Redwood City Library include, Job Lab and Phase2Careers for job seekers, as well as free informational, literary and entertainment programs.
The library system is proud to own the Local History Collection that covers all aspects of Redwood City’s development, from the 1850’s to present day. This collection focuses on businesses, public schools, civic organizations, city agencies, and early family histories. It was established to share Redwood City’s colorful heritage with the community, and also, to provide users with research opportunities in subjects of local interest.
Through the Local History Collection, patrons can learn more about the history of Redwood City, explore a large collection of photographs, trace family history, and search for past uses of land and property.
Other oral histories, books, newspapers, pamphlets, tax assessment rolls, maps, city directories, and over 5,500 photographs are available as well. These materials do not circulate, but most items can be photocopied upon request. Microfilm of local newspapers is also at hand for all visitors.