Located on the corner of Marine Parkway and Shell Parkway, the community of Beacon Shores lies adjacent to the Redwood Shores Lagoon. Developed in the mid-1980s, this community echoes the setting of an eastern-seaside neighborhood, with 170 Cape Cod-style homes, of which approximately one-quarter are waterfront. Single-family residences in this neighborhood may offer two to four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms, and home sizes differ from approximately 1,200 square feet to over 1,800 square feet. Within this charming community, residents are granted access to a community pool with a spa.
Redwood Shores residents have access to excellent elementary schools, including Redwood Shores Elementary and Sandpiper Elementary. Redwood Shores Elementary enrolls students in grades K-5, and has an enrollment of over 400 students, with a student-teacher ratio of approximately 23:1. Sandpiper Elementary also enrolls students in grades K-5, has an enrollment of 600 students, and features a student-teacher ratio of approximately 24:1. These two schools belong in the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District, which has a total of six elementary schools. Unlike most other school districts, this school district bases enrollment on walking distance from the student’s house to the nearest school versus geographical attendance boundaries. Within this system, students are normally assigned to either the first or the second closest school to their home; however, based on school capacity, students may be assigned to any one of the six schools.
Both Redwood Shores Elementary and Sandpiper Elementary feed into Ralston Intermediate, which has nearly 900 students, and a student-teacher ratio of approximately 23:1. After their time at Ralston Intermediate, students then attend Carlmont High School, which has over 2,100 students, and a student-teacher ratio of approximately 23:1.