Another dilemma from an SF K Files visitor:
We started our son off in our assigned school, which he now loves! It is a trek. It is a reading first school, but there is a language component. He loves the language! The school is sweet and the other parents seem very nice and involved. The principal is great. We have no aftercare, which will be a stretch this year, but fine, but our prospects will not improve in future years when it will be difficult because I will want to work more hours. The instruction (aside from the language instruction) is a bit on the rote side, and not what we were looking for. But the language is great.
Our waitpool school was our 5th choice in Round I. It is not a school we loved. We've heard mixed things about the principal and the atmosphere is a bit sterile. But we know wonderful families there, many neighbors are there and the teachers are terrific. The school has the creative components we were looking for. There is an after school language option but I have no idea of the quality. We can WALK there and our neighbors have already offered to pick up our son there when I can't.
We don't know if we'll get the call, but if we do, we have no idea what we'll do. One thing is for sure: my son will not be happy about the idea of moving at this point!