Hello – I’m Debbie and welcome to the beginning of my journey through the San Francisco kindergarten search and application process. (This is also the beginning of my blogging experience so I apologize in advance for any violations of blogging etiquette!) How do I feel about this impending and necessary adventure? Nervous, excited, clueless, skeptical, annoyed, and hopeful, just to name a few. However this turns out in the end, I’m happy to have this opportunity to share my experiences with others, and hopefully, what I learn will help you with your journey.
So the source of this journey, the sole reason why this journey is even necessary, is our four-year-old daughter Anna. She recently turned four and is very anxious to turn five so that she can have another birthday party and eat ice-cream. She doesn’t care about the gifts, just the ice-cream. Together with my husband Mark, we live in a neighborhood where I’d say about 90% of the families send their children to private school. I haven’t done any statistical analysis to confirm that percentage, but I’ve only met two families in the area with children in public school, and one of those two families sent their child to public school because they couldn’t get into any private schools. I don’t generally consider Mark and I to be rebels, but we’d rather send Anna to public school. We both went to public schools, and I think we turned out okay. Will we consider any private/parochial schools? Depends on our mood the day we consider that question. And once we start actually touring schools, our thoughts on public vs. private might change.
There are several really solid public elementary schools relatively close to where we live: West Portal, Commodore Sloat, Dianne Feinstein, Sunset, Ulloa, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Lakeshore. We plan on touring all of these, plus a couple private schools, but if we get tired along the way, who knows. The most frustrating part of thinking about the tours is that, because of the lottery system, you could tour ‘til your heart’s content, but in the end it doesn’t really matter which school you fall in love with. You get placed where you get placed. I guess where the touring does help you is with how you rank the schools.
That’s it for now. Thanks for joining me on my journey. Much more to come!