Hello! I’m Emily and I’m going to share my SFUSD placement adventure with you all. My husband (we shall call him Jared) and I have two boys—we’ll call them Nathan and Nolan—who are 5 and 1. Our home is more west than east and more south than north. We’re new to the city-- we’ve lived here for a year and come from a place where you walk to the nice, decently funded school down the street for elementary school. There is no lottery there and people don’t go on school tours. So you can imagine when I first heard about the way it works here, I was a little shocked (shocked, appalled, frightened-- all words that apply). But, I’ve had time to get used to the system and now school placement doesn’t seem quite as scary to me (most days…).
Nathan just turned five so technically we could have sent him to kinder this year, but we knew our son could benefit from another year of preschool and we decided to wait (gasp!). Now he’s in pre-k, and I’m much more familiar with our school options and we’re certain waiting was a great decision for our family.
Our hope is to send him to a lovely public elementary school that I can put lots of my time and energy into. However, I know myself and I know I DON’T have the patience, self-control, strength, etc, to go through next summer not knowing where my child will go to school in the fall-- despite hearing over and over again it all works out in the end. I’m anxious by nature and I just know that situation will send me right over the edge. Our solution is to tour a few religious schools to have more choices and we are open to the idea that one of them could be the best fit for our son, regardless of public school placement. The “M” word has also come up, but we really hope to avoid that as we like it in SF and feel it has a lot to offer our family. So here, in no particular order, are the schools we (I) plan on touring (one of the first 4 is our “neighborhood” school, but in an effort to remain anonymous I won’t share which one… yet):
Rosa Parks JBBP (a little far for my liking, but I have heard such great things about this program and I love the idea of language instruction without immersion)
SF Community (I went to an elementary school that sounds a lot like this one. I’m intrigued.)
West Portal Lutheran (Fairly close with a religious background similar to ours)
Zion Lutheran (I’ve heard great things about this school)
I think that’s all for now. I look forward to sharing our journey with everyone!