Monday, November 8, 2010

SFUSD Enrollment Fair, Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mark Your Calendar!

Meet parents, faculty, and staff at the annual SFUSD enrollment fair.  It gets bigger and better every year.  Word of advice, arrive early and leave the little darlings at home.  Based on parents' comments from past years, it can be a bit overwhelming for the wee ones.

When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 9 AM to 2 PM

Where: Concourse Exhibtion Center, 635 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Donna

13 comments:

  1. what do you do here ..

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  2. For those of you "in the know," how necessary is this event? I guess I don't much see the point as we can't see the facilities or classrooms and I'm fairly certain none of the people there representing the schools are going to say anything negative about them. I don't see how this would give any sort of clear picture on a school. Is there something I'm missing?

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  3. You can totally skip this. I went last year and it was really crowded. Schools have a table with a poster or two and parents are there to answer questions and hand out the same papers you'll get on a school tour or the school website. The principals are there so you get a chance to speak to them. The schools aren't in any order so most of the time I was looking for the ones I was interested in. It would be nice if they arranged them in alpha order or by neighborhood or something. I wouldn't go to this again if I had it to do over.

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  4. I was thinking of trying to get into Alice Fung Yu. Once I talked to the parents I knew it was all wrong for my kid. I find this fair to be helpful in eliminating schools that you might otherwise feel compelled to tour.

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  5. When we went several years ago we found it helpful to talk to the principals, teachers and parents. If you're patient, you can usually get a few minutes of one on one time with them, which is generally not the case on tours. But we went under the old choice system. Depending upon your assignment area, this even may not be as important as it used to be.

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  6. I went three years ago and found it to be very helpful. We learned about a school that totally wasn't on our radar, but ended up being one of our top choices. And it was also good to talk to parents. True, they are there to say positive things about their schools, but I didn't get a "Stepford Wives" vibe or anything. And they talk very candidly about the whole process. It was just nice for me to get out there and talk to people instead of obsessing over spreadsheets on the Internet, which I tended to do between tours. True, the focus may be a little different now that the assignment system has been changed. I wouldn't just write this off as a waste of time, though.

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  7. I found it helpful in order to weed out schools that I would have toured otherwise but that were unlikely to be a good fit for our family. I ended up touring only a handful of schools after that.

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  8. Parking Tips, park at home! The 19 Polk goes right there and the 22 Fillmore is just a couple of blocks away, oh and the 47.

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  9. I just attended the enrollment fair and received a confusing notice with the Fong Yu brochure. The notice was for kindergarten applicants next year. According to the notice, ALL applicants will undergo language assessment in English and Cantonese in order to meet enrollment goals by 2012. Does this mean Fong Yu will be a dual language program next year? The notice said the 2011-2012 school year would be a "planning and transition" year. What does this mean? Given the large number of siblings last year, the take-away I get is that if my child does not speak any Cantonese, there will be no spots available. I hope this is not the case. It is already hard enough to get into this school! Does anyone know?

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  10. AFY is one-way immersion. So supposedly, only English speakers can get in.

    However, over the last couple of years, it seems a lot of Cantonese-speaking families have put "English" as native language so their Cantonese-speaking kids can get in. I think the language testing is to make sure that English-speaking kids can get in, as the program is designed for.

    The funny thing is, it is still extremely easy to get into CIS (dual immersion) as Cantonese speaker. So, by putting down English as primary language, those kids got better chance for AFY but worse chance for CIS. But in any case, real English- speaking kids lost out.

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  11. Rumor has it that AFY is going dual immersion. So far - just rumor.

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  12. Re: AFY. It's not a rumor and will become a two-way immersion school with 2011-2012 being a transitional year. The testing is to determine which "bucket" incoming kinders are placed - English/Other Language only, Cantonese only or English/Cantonese bilingual. There's been a growing number of ELL's over the last few years. I don't know if the mandatory testing is going to weed out the cheaters.

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