Thursday, January 21, 2010

Debbie's Story: My School List

Sorry for the delay! Here are the seven schools that we listed on our application:


1) Commodore Sloat
2) West Portal Cantonese Immersion
3) Dianne Feinstein
4) West Portal General Ed
5) Ulloa
6) Sunset
7) Rooftop


Our strategy: Put the most thought into what we put as #1, then stack #2 - #7 with schools that we don't expect to get into so that if/when we go 0 for 7, we'll be in a good position for a wait list. My understanding is that people who go 0 for 7 get a priority in the waiting pool (SFUSD Enrollment Guide, p. 27). Of course, I realize that there will be many others in the waiting pool that went 0 for 7, but it's all about doing what you can do and hoping for the best.


As I look at our list, #2 - #7 are great schools, but, if you read my Commodore Sloat tour posting, my heart is really set on our #1. It's a great school, but it seems to fly under the radar so it doesn't have the buzz around it that some of the more popular schools have.

Good luck everyone! I'll let you know what happens in March!

15 comments:

  1. Good luck to you, and it is smart that you put down 7 schools. It is good that you are prepared mentally if you do go 0 for 7, and it is good strategically too.

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  2. Sounds like a good strategy. Good luck!!!

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  3. Commodore Sloat is a terrific school. Huge playgrounds, beautiful school garden, strong teachers and a tight knit community. Good luck; I hope you get in for round one.

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  4. Its funny, I too found myself listing 6 other choices, I really did not want. Debbie, I hope you get Commodore Sloat!

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  5. I know someone who went 0/7, waited and got CS last year on the 10 day count... good luck!

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  6. I think this is a good list, Debbie. Did you also apply to any Private schools? (I'm just curious.) :)

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  7. I respect that she SAYS she is mentally prepared for going 0 for 7, but is she REALLY prepared for the notion that, up to 10 days AFTER school starts (yep, late August/early September), she STILL may not know where her kid is going? I honestly couldn't do that myself as a person, which is why we settled on a second-tier school. I'm afraid her list to me sings out 0 for 7 in the first round. Admittedly some parents are more risky than others -- I just hope you appreciate how nerve racking that could be. While we have sometimes had issues with our second-tier school, I've still been skeptical that the "trophy" schools are all that people claim they are -- and I've seen some parents I respect grouse about and a few even pull their kids out of some of the so-called trophies. Just my humble opinion being around the block lots of times.

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  8. No, we did not tour or apply to any private or parochial schools. We're putting all our eggs in the public school basket!

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  9. you'll be fine - just don't let the uncertainty get to you

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  10. I'm not sure I'd call Sloat "Under the Radar". Adam's Spreadsheet says that only about 13% of applicants get this in round 1. That's pretty much as bad as Lakeshore or Jefferson and worse than Stevenson, Key, Sunnyside, McKinley, etc. Lemony Snicket went to Sloat. How obscure can it be?

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  11. Debbie, is sloat your attendance area school? I think you said once it was. If so, by putting it first, you've got great odds. Good luck. We were surprised by Sloat too. We really liked it and put it on our list too.

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  12. I wonder if even the "trophy" schools will seem like much of a prize should current proposals to raise K-3 class sizes as high as 30 go through...

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  13. Is there really a proposal to raise K-3 classes to 30 kids? Where is this info coming from? Is there a link to an article or something I can read? I really want to know if there is truth behind this rumor.

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  14. Popular parochial kindergartens have 30 kids. It can be done, but a few caveats: Parochial schools are not required to take severely challenged children that state law requires public schools to take. Popular parochials schools like NDV and St. Brendans have hundreds of applicants and can choose children whose behavior and maturity is workable in a large class. With the district considering retirement inducements for the most experienced and highest-paid teachers to help close the budget gap, it could be a recipe for going back to the bad old days where only the schools with the highest level of parent volunteerism and fund-raising could maintain quality. Another step toward the privatization of public education.

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  15. I see this whole budget situation as a quantum leap toward semi-privatization of schools. Parent involvement is going to be play a bigger role than ever. It makes me sick to think about it.

    Anybody out there considering home schooling?!

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