It has been a long road to this moment; I never thought a month and a half could feel so long. Since we got our Round I letter, going 0/7 and assigning Maddie to Cobb GE we have been busy.
Knowing we were unable to wait any longer than the first waitpool draw, we decided to play it safe and list our 2nd choice school, Lafayette, as our waitpool choice. When turning in our application initially we debated whether to put Peabody or Lafayette first. We loved both schools, and could see Maddie at either, Peabody won out only because of the later start time. This time around we figured Lafayette would have less waitpool demand – increasing our chances - and additionally many of Maddie’s friends were going to Lafayette, so it would be nice for her to go to school with them.
At the same time we were hoping for a small wait pool and enough openings, we were also preparing for bad news. After all we did not feel we had a risky list in round 1, so we could be deluding ourselves again. We drove all over the East Bay looking at neighborhoods, researched school districts, questioned why we want to stick to SF at all and spent many anxious nights wondering what our future would hold – all based on the results of the letter that was to go out April 30th.
I checked out the waitpool cohorts nervously on April 30th, Lafayette had no one left in our 0/7 pool. Dare we hope? Or could the EPC had made a mistake; there was one in the sibling pool, which should have had priority over us. I dared not get excited till I had the letter. And the letter that was to arrive on Saturday, did not arrive. Then on Monday it did not arrive either! I knew, reading here that everyone was in the same boat, but I felt like I was going to loose it! My family’s whole future was riding on that letter!!! Today I waited, and waited, and waited – for our mailman who always comes after 4pm. Finally I had it in my hands. I ripped it open and…. WE GOT IN!!! Lafayette, our waitpool choice school!!!
I am soooooo happy, I can’t even describe the relief. I can finally make plans again, know we will not be moving, not need to begin a frantic search for a new place to call home. We can stay in SF, can tell Maddie where she will start Kindergarten, who she will see on the play-yard. I can breathe again.
It is just too bad my joy comes with such a sour feeling towards the placement system. This long drawn out process totally sucked, that is all I can say about it. And for many people who did not get a good letter today, it sucks even more. They may decide to upend their lives and move, they may decide to wait again and again for another letter that may or may not bring better news. If you are in that spot I am sorry, I am so so so sorry. I hope whatever you do it all works out and you will be happy very soon. I also hope that the new system will be easier for K applicants next year, that middle school will be easier for us in 6 years, but call me a pessimist - I will not believe it till I see it.