Let me be totally honest with you upfront. My partner West and I (call me Aissa) have a nightly conversation as to whether we should move out of state to escape the school system here. We're both happy San Francisco transplants who've landed in the west side of the city. We have neither bias towards any school in the SFUSD nor confidence that we have a real say in where our child is placed.I'm a product of east coast public school system while West is a product of the public British school system.
I am trying not to get caught up in the madness and stress of landing our ideal school. I have visions, or should I say fantasies, of being super organized about it all but I know myself so I've decided to blog it. We live in walking distance to a public school that is 'OK', we love the thought of Luke walking to school and getting to know children in the neighborhood. I'll put it on my list but I wonder if it needs to be our #1 choice to make a difference in the new lottery set-up. I have a feeling it won't be our first choice but I also don't want to lose it if we don't get into the schools we prefer over our local one.
We're not too fussed about a rigorous academic program for our son Luke. What's more important to us is a school that will help us raise a well-balance person who is sure of himself and his place in the world. This means that music, physical education, art, conflict transformation, intercultural understanding, and community service projects are included along with science, social studies, foreign language, math, etc. . Based upon what we've heard about the SFUSD and the current economic condition of CA, we are skeptical the public system can meet our needs and hopes for Luke's education . WAIT! Don't bash us just yet!
We continue to have hopes in finding a good fit for our family in the SFUSD and at the same time we will open our inquiry to a few independent schools. Truth be told, we would send Luke to a private school provided that it is a perfect fit for him and our family but it doesn't sit quite right with us ideologically, not to mention the ridiculousness of paying up to $24k for kindergarten and beyond. Our daughter Lulu will be entering kindergarten in 3 years and we can't image paying for 2 private schools. For that amount of money we should put it into a bigger house outside of the city or state, right?
Alas, we always end our nightly conversation agreeing there is no place like San Francisco and we don't want to leave. Feels a bit like prospecting for that golden nugget of a school where we know our child will thrive. It's gotta be out there, we just have to keep digging. Until West and I figure how, when, where, or if we actually do leave California, let's just get this conga line started. Who's bringing the mojitos?