I have been going around and around in my head with our dilemma. It'll be great to get some more advice . . .
We got 0/7 on our Round I list; we were assigned to Sheridan (a school I had never heard of, in the Ocean View). I visited Sheridan last week and, although it's an impressive school for many reasons, it would not be a good fit for my son or our family. I'm not going to register there, which is a bit risky, considering we have no back up.
We did not apply to private schools.
We are debating whether to list Miraloma, Sunset, or Dianne Feinstein as our wait pool choice. We live in the Sunset, but we're about the same distance from both Sunset and Miraloma (I clocked it!). Sunset is on the way to our younger children's preschool and Miraloma is on my husband's way to work. We love the schedule at Sunset (8:40-2:40) and Miraloma's 1:50 ending time may be problematic because I work part-time and MEEP (their after-school program) is only full-time, 5 days a week (and expensive). If we can't find another after-school option, it potentially means that choosing Miraloma (assuming we could get it off of the wait pool) would mean my working much, much less than I would like to for the next 10 years (we have three kids!) Still, in that time, we may be able to find other options. Sunset has a YMCA after-care program, which you can do two, three, or five days a week, and it will most likely be easier to get from the wait pool.
Aside from the logistics, we really loved both schools (slightly preferring Miraloma), though they have different feels. I keep going back and forth trying to think about which school will be a better match for our family. And then there are all of those unknowns: what if the wonderful Sunset principal leaves? Miraloma's PTA seems better suited to coping with a big funding gap than Sunset, but maybe that's just my impression.
I feel like our family easily fits in with Miraloma and the parents I've met, and I don't have that feeling so strongly about Sunset—but how can you really tell? Also, despite the fact that it takes almost exactly the same amount of time to drive to Sunset and Miraloma, Sunset feels more like our neighborhood school. What I really want is for someone to say: this is what it's like at Sunset and this is what it's like at Miraloma, and this is what it's like at Feinstein—this is the difference in feel. But I know this is impossible!
Dianne Feinstein was our 5th choice in Round I, but we live about five minutes away (walking!) and are now really considering putting it as our wait pool choice. I didn't have a strong gut feeling about it as the others and I toured Feinstein twice! But I know people who are happy there. The teachers are great, and the kids looked happy (as they did at Sunset and at Miraloma). We have mixed feelings about the principal and about the apparent split in the parents about the principal. I think we could be happy there, and it sure is close (I could take the stroller and walk my older son there!), but I still have my doubts.
We will list some longshots on our amended application (Lafayette, Lakeshore, Peabody) as well as Sunnyside and FS Key (a bit more likely). Anyone have any idea whether Sloat is a good amended application choice?
I have thought so much about this (and talked my friends' ear's off!) that I'm not sure there are any new thoughts to think . . . but if you have any opinions or ideas, I'd love to hear them!