The way the new system works is: you have a neighborhood school as a default assignment. If you want a different school, you can take part in a choice process. Kids in areas in the lowest 20% academically are in a higher preference category in this choice process.
If there's more applicants from your neighborhood, then you may be assigned to the nearest school with vacancies. Even if you want your neighborhood school, you'll still have to do the application and go through the choice/lottery in case your school is oversubscribed.
For middle schools, each elementary school has a default middle school it feeds into. Again, you can choose a different school than the default, but there'll be a lottery process.
About 1/4 of the elementary places remain allocated through a choice process on a city wide basis. These include the K-8 schools and the immersion and Japanese bicultural programs at Clarendon and Rosa Parks.
High school places remain allocated by a city-wide lottery (except for Lowell and SOTA).
Friday, August 20, 2010
A helpful summary of SFUSD's new student assignment system
Someone posted a concise, clear summary of the new student assignment system on the Bernal Heights Yahoo Group:
Labels: Lottery system
Posted by Kate