It’s been 6 weeks since my last post Half Time Report.
My reviews for this 2nd batch of schools -- Alamo, John Yehall Chin (late addition to Tour Strategy because of its project based 4th/5th GATE class), Claire Lilienthal, Rosa Parks, and Clarendon (project based) -- are a lot shorter than the 1st batch and shorter as the touring season progressed.
Basically the crux of my decision of the list of 10+ will come down to these Must Haves:
• Curriculum – is there anything unique about how the school teaches the standard curriculum? In order of preference for our family: Critical thinking or Project based learning or Science.
• PTA – What enrichment programs or additional staff does the fundraising support? Are the parents welcoming? Can I see myself volunteering with the parent community?
• Principal – How does he/she support teachers and teacher development? Create & maintain a safe & orderly environment for students? Relate to the parent community?
• Onsite After School Programs because of possible cuts to busing to after school programs. Has the SFK Files community discussed After School Programs before? I cringe at the thought of having to figure out After School Programs (capacity, quality and fit for Hugo) on top of the schools themselves.
Going into Over Time
I had hoped to complete my tours by now.
However, after seeing the # of parents at the Clarendon tour and trying to list out my choices in order of preference on the Enrollment Form, I started to despair and second guess myself and my tour strategy. I’ve added Lafayette and Peabody as suggested from the community to my intro post and schools along Godric’s commute that incorporate science into their curriculum: Dianne Feinstein and Sunset.
I’ll post reviews for these schools before the holidays, but will not have our list of 10+ sorted out until after the holidays.
Helga the Exhausted