Monday, March 15, 2010

Hot topic: preschool preference

This from a reader:
Does anyone have any light into how preschool preference will work next year. I just got off the phone at Grattan and they have 48 kids in preschool with a max of 6 paying tuition. Will all of those kids have preference over the neighborhood kids? My thought is that with sibling and those in the preschool, there will not be any spots left for the neighborhood.

10 comments:

  1. I don't think all the 48 at Grattan's CDC will be entering K next year. I think they accept children at 3 years old. So, the total entering K should be less than 48. It's also possible they won't all choose to list Grattan. But I do see your point, especially in a big sibling year. I'd check out the CDC asap and get on the list. Although most spots are for lower income families, spots do open up. There may be a few month wait, but couldn't hurt to get on the list.

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  2. The preschool preference is for kids who also live in the attendance area, so I bet not every single one of those kids lives in the attendance area. And, I bet a few of those kids will want a parochial school or a special program not at Grattan. (i.e. immersion, bilingual, special ed)

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  3. Really? you have to live in the attendance area and attend the school's CDC? That was not my understanding.

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  4. Yeah, attendance area plus cdc preschool. read Rachel Norton's blog. Its in this post, in the superintendent's proposal.

    http://rachelnorton.com/2010/02/24/important-changes-to-the-student-assignment-proposal/

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  5. That's interesting. Makes me very curious how the attendance boundaries will be drawn and whether they will attempt to include the neighborhoods in which the majority of the CDC preschoolers live. It may not always be the same as the immediate neighborhood of the school.

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  6. We were offered a tuition spot at Grattan CDC this year in August. We had applied in May. We didn't take it b/c we were already settled on another pre-school. But spots do open up for non low income people.

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  7. The new assignment system has turned the CDC preschool application and entrance process into a high stress high stakes horserace for zone residents, as admission to preschool now guarantees your childrens' schools through 8th grade.

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  8. If you do go to pre-school do NOT tell SF USD when you apply. They want to pad out the bad schools with kids who attended pre-school.

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  9. Chris, you are way late and a dollar short with that advice. They are switching to a new system that will only take address into account. No more questions about preschool (even though you are wrong about how it worked anyway).

    Diversity factors only ever counted in the first round. Round one is now over. The diversity index, love it or hate it, is now dead. Kaput. Done. Stick a fork in it.

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  10. Yeah, Chris, it's obsolete "advice." Not to mention the heinousness of advising people to lie on their SFUSD forms. A great example to set for the kiddies -- lie so you appear to have the advantage of having a disadvantage, thereby taking a space that otherwise an actual disadvantaged person would have! It's like using a counterfeit handicapped parking placard. Charming.

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