Friday, February 19, 2010

Hot topic: Acceptance letters from parochial schools

This from an SF K Files reader:
I've heard acceptance letters have come out from parochial schools. Has anyone received a letter? Aren't they sending them out earlier this year? Why? Please share your news if you got in. Thanks!

24 comments:

  1. I know of non-sibling applicants who received acceptance letters last Friday, Feb. 12 from both St. Cecilia's and St. Vincent de Paul.

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  2. No letter from Star of the Sea yet - positive or negative. Has anyone else who applied to Star of the Sea heard anything? The principal said they'd be in touch the first week of March.

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  3. We heard from St. Paul's a couple of weeks ago. We didn't get in because there were a lot of siblings. We're on a waitlist and should have more news this month.

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  4. We've heard from St. Philip's (positive) and Notre Dame (waitlist). We're still hoping for one of our seven public schools, but we're grateful for the backup option. Good luck, everyone.

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  5. There is lots and lots of movement at the parochial schools once the other private schools release their acceptance letters. Tons of movement, in fact. The parochials want that non refundable deposit check, and most families are ok with that, because it goes to the church and is tax deductible.

    But count on at least 15% to 20% of those kids to go elsewhere if they get into a Hamlin, Town, Burkes, Friends, etc.

    And then, once the actual school year starts, there is movement again once the parochial families drop out after the call comes from Clarendon, Lillienthal, Rooftop. whatever. Cause most families were in the parochial for the money savings to begin with. Not all, but most. So if a great public comes through, it's even more savings.

    Bottom line is, don't be depressed if you don't get in now. There will be movement. I'm a family that went through that some time ago, and so did my friends.

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  6. There was no wait-list movement last year on St. Brendan's and NDV but probably will be on the others.

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  7. Our first choice was NDV but our daughter had other ideas. She did well on the testing but on the way home she told us "I don't want to go to that school." We thought she was just in a bad mood but when we brought her to the playdate a few weeks later, she got out of the car and said "I told you I don't like this school!" Then she went to her St. Cecilia's interview and said, on the way out, "This is my favorite school and I think M (her little sister) would really like it too." Who was I to argue but we had put all of our energy into trying for NDV and I thought we had no chance of getting into St. Cecilia's. And a few days ago we got the acceptance letter from St. Cecilia's! I'm thrilled. I'm so thankful. It all worked out for the best.

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  8. We got into St Pauls a few weeks ago and are very happy (parents and 4 yo).

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  9. There actually was too a lot of movement at NDV, but they are real pros about making it seem like there is no movement. My kid got in off the wait list and I know of two other kids who dropped out after they got in other schools.

    NDV is a great school, tho. It's as good as the so-called top tier schools, except the class sizes are very large (30 to 35) and the Catholic teaching and discipline are very serious.

    I feel this type of education is very formal and "old school" and just what my family wanted.

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  10. We were accepted at St. Brigit and are delighted.

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  11. We are waiting on a couple of Parochial schools, but are also applying to Publics. For those who received an accept letter, what are the school asking for in terms of responding them? Are you receiving a week's time to get back to them? Thank you.

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  12. I know someone who got a call from NDV off the waitlist last year, but was already happy somewhere else.

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  13. "There is lots and lots of movement at the parochial schools once the other private schools release their acceptance letters."

    This was also the case last year. Lots of movement in St. Philip's waitlist. We were on the waitlist a week.

    Friends of ours had success calling the parochial they were accepted to and getting them to wait a week or two until the results for the public lottery came out.

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  14. I want to chime in as a parent who sent her kids to parochial, then later got into public and went there. We had three kids and made the decision solely for financial issues.

    I loved our parochial school, and I love the religious aspect of it. However, our kids went from a class size of 33 to 20. From a teacher with a BA degree to one with a MS degree. From a tight disciplined first grade to a free creative art oriented first grade.

    I have to say, our kids are thriving in public school. Our financials changed for the better again this year and my husband mentioned that we could return to the parochial school. I said, "no way".

    I love parochial education. But the public schools in San Francisco are really as good if not better. I am not sure I would say the same for the $20,000+ type schools. But we are very happy and will stay in public at least through 5th grade, and probably middle school. Then cross our fingers for St. Ignatius High School. That place is worth it, to me. Hard to get in, but for all I know, the high schools will have changed by then as much as the lower grades have the past ten years.

    BTW, both my husband and I are active Catholics, and we both went to Notre Dame.

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  15. What about St Stephens - do they ever move anyone off the wait list into the K class - My sense is that they are a school that won't be affected by the public school lottery nor by the private school acceptances. Hopefully they will have some spots, but I'm not optimistic.

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  16. Any parochial school parents have a sense of how easy it might be to get a kid into later grades? We are in public now, but with the budget issues, we are thinking of trying to go Catholic. We have some flexibility and were wondering whether there is a particular grade when the class size goes up so that there are more openings. We'd likely be looking at either fourth grade, fifth grade or sixth grade. We'd probably particularly be interested in St. Phillip's or St. Paul's in Noe Valley.

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  17. "Any parochial school parents have a sense of how easy it might be to get a kid into later grades? We are in public now, but with the budget issues, we are thinking of trying to go Catholic."

    Not a parochial parent, but did tour eight parochials and got accepted to two, including St. Philip's. My impression was that there was excess capacity in the later grades, but check with a current parent. You might also consider St. Finn Barr in Glen Park.

    Situation may change in the future; the south-east loses out in the new SFUSD allocation system, and there's not many independent privates in the SE, so I'd expect that e.g. more Bernal parents are going to go parochial. But that shouldn't affect your year.

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  18. We heard positive from Zion Lutheran and are very happy about it.

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  19. I tried to post this on Saturday but registration was required and I was too lazy. So . . .we receive our letter from Star of the Sea. We were "waitlisted." We're not off to a good start here :). Does anybody know how many spots they had after siblings were accounted for? Good luck to everybody! Just 11 days to go till we hear from the publics.

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  20. 3:16, we were also wait listed at Star of the Sea. Looks like we're off to a bad start, too! Good luck...

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  21. Hi Betty, 3:16 p.m. here. Sad to say that I am glad we have company as despite everything I have read here over the years and how I promised myself not to take "waitlist" letters personally, we were quite upset on Saturday. Misery does love company. Hopefully SFUSD will come through for us or our first choice private would be nice. Good luck.

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  22. You can call Star of the Sea and they will let you know where things stand. From what I gathered after siblings and their preschoolers they had no spots and would know in 2 weeks how many spots were available. They also have an order in which they go down the waitlist (parishioners, catholics, non-catholics)

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  23. 4:09, thanks for your post. This is information that would have been good to know before we made it our "safety school"! I will call over there tomorrow and see what's up.

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  24. 4:09, ditto the thanks. I, too, wish we'd known this info going into the process. There was no mention of a high number of siblings or preschoolers during the tours or evaluations. Oh well.

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