I have to apologize for my disappearance. Due to some personal family issues, writing up school tours became a low priority for me. I am very sorry if anyone was looking forward to my promised write ups. In the end Mathias and I toured way less schools than we had planed to, and found that we were very pleased with the vast majority of what we saw.
I already posted my list anonymously in the "Round One Lists", but after a few readers had asked what I and the other bloggers had listed, I decided to come back here to apologize and let you know what we decided and perhaps a few insights into why.
I turned our list in before Thanksgiving, and while we did debate our number one and two slot (this was a very close call), Mathias and I found it a pretty easy list to make in the end. It was as follows:
7 Claire Lilienthal
We did not have any real strategy for this list. We put them in the order we liked them, using Claire Lilienthal as a filler in number 7. Peabody won out in the end over Lafayette for number one mainly because of the later start time, and a little because of its more progressive feel. Everything else was just pure feeling, and some logistics. Since we have no attendance area school (we fall in the old Cabrillo area) our number one school will become our attendance area school as I understand from Parents for Public Schools.
I am feeling semi confident with our choices and hope to get a school in round one for Maddie. We do not have any backups as we do not want Private or Parochial and we did not find that Creative Arts Charter was a good fit for Maddie or our family. This means that if we do not get something in round one, or in the wait-list shortly there after we may be forced to look into leaving SF. I know many people say that it will all work out if we can wait, but I also know I do not have the stomach for that stress.
I will keep you posted in March when we get our letter. I hope many of us will be celebrating good news then.