Every few nights my sleep gets disrupted by a recurring nightmare. I go to drop my daughter off at school on her first day of kindergarten. It’s our dream school—the one I ranked first among the seven on my San Francisco Unified School District enrollment application or the private school where I'm certain my daughter will thrive. We walk up to the front door, I’m holding her little hand, and the school suddenly grows legs and runs away from us. We chase after the school, running as fast as we possibly can, but we’re unable to catch up. Finally, we give up, our tired bodies flopping down onto the ground.
Have you had similar scary dreams about the kindergarten search in San Francisco?
I’ve had several. After waking up in a feverish sweat the other night, panicked about where my daughter was going to end up next fall, I realized that I had to start a blog about my kindergarten search. “The SF K Files” was born.
I’m not launching this blog to feed the frenzy. I don’t want to whine, gossip, scare, exaggerate, overhype, or compete (please, let me know if I do). Nor do I want to brag endlessly about my precious little spawn who only deserves to go to San Francisco’s very best school (that would get really annoying). Rather, I want to recount my experiences while also offering tips on the kindergarten search and directing you to helpful resources. I’m also hoping to provide a place where parents can ask questions and empathize. Finally, I want to make sure my nightmare never comes true!
So let the search begin.
Tomorrow, I’m off on my first public school tour at Lakeshore. I’ll report back.