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I take it from the spreadsheet that class size remains at 22? At least for now? This is good news, no? I had heard rumors it was going to be as high as 25.
Does anyone know why they list the capacity for Alvarado SP at 26 instead of 44? Are they planning to cut a class? Is this an error?
My guess (and it's only that) is that it's some sort of typo. If you look at the main 5-year demand spreadsheet, they list capacity at 44.
anyone know where to get "# of sibling" info for specific schools? I can see the numbers for the schools featured in the "highlights" list, but want to see the others (i.e., obsess about my chances before we receive notice).
Does any one know what is the cut off point for the lowell high school
Yes--someone subtracted the real sibling number, which I think is 18, from 44 and got 26, and somehow that number got transposed into the wrong column--capacity instead of capacity after siblings, and then the spreadsheet function kicked in on the other column and made siblings into 8, and it got all bollixed up. As far as I know they are planning for 2 full classrooms of SI kinders at Alvarado, so 44, with 18 taken by sibs so 26 SI spots available.
Cut-off for Lowell Band 1 is 85.5. For Band 2 it is 64. The numbers are up on the SFUSD website on the enrollment page. Just click through to Lowell.
9:50, good Q but it's not on the 5-year demand list. Last year they finally added that column but not right away. Sorry! You can somewhat extrapolate based on the sibling numbers you see....somewhere between 20-35%, maybe 27% or so average.
I couldn't find the site for this years cutoff. Can somebody please post the link.
http://portal.sfusd.edu/data/epc/Lowell%20Band%20Summary.pdfLowell High School link.It's on the Enrollment page of sfusd under Highlights. There are many links on that page.
Note the Lowell cut-off of 85.5 for Band One is out of a possible score of 89 points. *If* your kid is in the top test score percentile range (97-99), then he/she can get up to 3 B's total in all of 7th grade, up to 1 B in 8th, *or* 2 B's in 7th and 1 B in 8th (since grades in 8th count double). Or....one D total in 7th. Or....one C and one B in 7th total for the year, but that's it (you get the picture). The rest have to be A's. You can't lose more than 3.5 points.Seems like it gets tighter every year.
On class size - the district enrolled all Kindergartens to 22 pending the outcome of negotiations with the teachers' union. Apparently they are still asking for class size increases of25 - 30.
Well, it's interesting that on the aggregate not much changed from last year. Roughly same number of applicants at the K level, so the effects of the recession (less $ to pay for privates) and the budget cuts (less $ going to the publics) on demand either didn't matter or cancelled themselves out.Similarly, I thought there'd be less applications to the trophies overall and more strategic listing of neighborhood schools, and that, with expansions in class size, would increase the proportion getting into their desired schools. I was wrong: there was a slight drop in applications for the trophies, but it didn't result ; possibly 'cos of the increased demand to other immersion programs. Evidently class sizes aren't increased (yet) in the EPC handout listing capacity, as far as EPC is concerned. This is puzzling, or maybe a screw-up.Interesting: AFY down a lot in applications (20%). DeAvila taking some of the demand away, I guess. Alvarado down by 10-20%. Slight drops (5-10%) for Clarendon, Lawton & Lillienthal first prefs. Lakeshore down quite a bit - might be another good bet for R2 or waitpooling.Big %age increases for Peabody, & Sutro. Also rises in applications for Buena Vista, Monroe (SI and GE programs), Fairmont, Revere, and a very percentage jump for Daniel Webste SI.So, there was a slight amount less demand for the trophies, and increases for some neighborhood schools and for some of the Spanish immersion programs.
I'm looking at capacity versus R1 choices and first choices. Schools which might have slack but also have decent-ish test scores or programs include:GarfieldGlen ParkJean ParkerJose Ortega GERosa Parks JBBPNone others that leapt out at me a being potential R2 good bets.
Anyone know when they will know the new K class sizes? Will it be before the wait pool is run? That will give people in wait pools some hope for movement.
7:46am -- don't know if this helps, but our principal announced that K classes next year were going to be 24 - and this was in her weekly statement to parents, so I don't think this was hot air. (Our school is losing three teachers in total.) I see from other posters that there's going to be a process of negotiations with the unions, but I think it is pretty clear that they are going to have to go above 22. A small silver lining, but a silver lining. We have a transfer application in for our upper grade kids and we are definitely going to keep going through the wait pool periods. Slots could open up very late, but with the class size increases, there's got to be some extra slots.
The Claire Lilienthal info on the 5 year chart is obviously an error as well.
If anyone want the data in spreadsheet format instead of PDF format so that you can do extra analysis, I've it converted and published in http://tungwaiyip.info/blog/2010/03/15/sfusd_2010_round1_data