Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hot topic: CDC program at Grattan

This from a reader:
my son just got a spot at the CDC program at Grattan, where my daughter will enter K in august, and i cannot find anyone, or any listing, that reviews or shares an opinion on the program. do you have any suggestions for me? my son is currently in a private preschool but putting him in the cdc program at grattan who be a logistically dream and take a very heavy financial load of my shoulders. still, i want to know more about the program before i make the jump.

17 comments:

  1. Take the spot. We got one late last year and didn't take it b/c we were had already enrolled in a private preschool, but I regret it.

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  2. Give me a break. Go tour the place, talk to parents and make a decision. This is ridiculous.

    "Have time, must gaze at navel..."

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  3. word on the street is that the CDCs are very good - only the best with your tax dollars - i would take it -

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  4. It's a good program. It would be a logistical dream. You would relieve financial pressure that you seem to be feeling. Definitely take the spot, and don't look back. Your kids will do fine. You'll also be meeting lots of incoming Grattan parents on the ground floor, given that the CDC will now be a route to admission for K.

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  5. Historically the school and the cdc have operated very independently of eachother. Some strides have been made to work together more and I'm guessing/hoping with the new enrollment plan those efforts to collaborate will increase.

    I considered making the same switch when my oldest started Grattan but opted against it b/c it was only for 1 year and we were otherwise very happy with our preschool. It was a serious hassle though.

    You could also check out the Jubilee pre-k on the corner of Shrader and Alma. Many Grattan families have used it and logistics might be better - if not the $$. It does after school for the Grattan Ks as well.

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  6. I don't have any specific information about the Grattan CDC, but I do believe that the teachers at all the district CDCs are fully credentialed with at least a BA and a year of graduate school, not just preschool certified with 60 college units or whatever it takes.

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  7. I used to work with (not for) that CDC. It has been about 6-7 years now but back then it was terrific. I would definitely check it out.

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  8. My 3 year old son started attending Grattan CDC in August. I am very impressed with the staff and he loves it. They actually care about the kids and even approached me concerned about the exzema on his hands.

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  9. The Grattan CDC program is excellent. Both teachers are fully credentialed, young, engaged and give me almost daily feedback on my daughter.

    There's a bigger emphasis on pre-literacy at Grattan than at my daughter's previous (much more expensive) private preschool.

    The facility itself is quite nice; they redid the entire space over the 2010 summer so all the furniture is new and nice.

    Also, they've got hours that range from 7:50 to 6pm, which is great.

    Sliding fee scales. Lots of extra help in the classroom from teacher aides.

    And if you're in the area, CDC placement is now the second tiebreaker if you wanted to go to Grattan for Kindergarten.

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  10. Just thought I'd update that the CDC program at Grattan will be changed in January 2012, so that it is absorbed into the actual elementary school, instead of run by the CDC program.

    This is part of a pilot program to create pre-k through 5 schools.

    I have no idea what the implications are for the kids currently enrolled at the CDC for future acceptance at Grattan for kindergarten next year. But it is a subject of much speculation among the parents there, several of whom are out of area but would love to have Grattan for their elementary school.

    (The question being whether their kids would already technically be enrolled in Grattan and how that would affect their placement for K.)

    Also, as part of the change they've stopped taking 3 year olds, so the pre-K starts at 4 and 5 years old.

    Also, the two excellent teachers my daughter had last year were both pink slipped, and are both working p/t after care programs elsewhere in the district.

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  11. Hi All,

    Any update on the Grattan CDC program? We just got offered a spot and are very tempted, but having trouble vetting. Still excellent, two years after most of these comments were posted? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

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  12. The Grattan CDC program will not be comparable to a private pre-school but it seems clean and the kids seem happy!

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  13. From what I understand, being in a CDC (Pre-K or TK) gives you tie breaker advantage for K after sibling and before CTIP.

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    1. That is not correct. The tiebreaker order is sibling, then CTIP. Being in a CDC only gives you preference for the CDC's feeder elementary school, and then only if you live in that elementary school's attendance area. So if you attend Grattan's CDC and live in the Grattan AA, you will still be behind anyone with a sibling already at Grattan or anyone who lives in a CTIP1 area.

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    2. This is from the Enrollment Guide for 2013-2014:

      http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/enroll/files/2013-14/2013-14_enrollment_guide_en.pdf

      Students requesting General Education Programs will be assigned to their highest ranked request as long as there is space at the school. If there are more students applying than there are openings at a school, choice assignments will be made by looking to all the possible combinations of tie-breakers in the following hierarchical order.
      1. Sibling
      2. Attendance area SFUSD preK or TK (this only applies to kindergarten)
      3. NCLB/Open Enrollment (this does not apply to kindergarten)
      4. Test score area
      5. Attendance area
      6. No tie-breakers

      Students requesting General Education Programs at a city-wide school, will be assigned to their highest ranked request as long as there is space at the school.
      If there are more students applying than there are openings at a school, choice assignments will be made by looking to all the possible combinations of tie-breakers in the following hierarchical order.
      1. Sibling
      2. SFUSD preK or TK (this only applies to kindergarten)
      3. NCLB/Open Enrollment (this does not apply to Kindergarten, 6th or 9th grade)
      4. Test score area
      5. No tie-breakers

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    3. More info on TK tie breaker from Annual Report 2012-2013:

      Tie-breakers for Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
      At the August 27, 2012 Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment, staff shared that, beginning with the enrollment process for the 2013-14 school year, students enrolled in an SFUSD TK and applying to kindergarten will receive a TK tie-breaker that mirrors the Pre-K tie-breaker policy guidelines set forth in P5101.
      o For attendance area schools, students who live in the attendance area of the school, and are enrolled in an SFUSD TK in the same attendance area, will get a TK tie- breaker if they apply to kindergarten at that attendance area school.
      o For city-wide schools (i.e., elementary schools that do not have an attendance area), students enrolled in an SFUSD TK at a city-wide school will get a TK tie-breaker if they apply to kindergarten at that city-wide school.

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