I haven't submitted my SFUSD list yet as I'm waiting to hear the middle school and transportation policy updates during the Feb 1 board meeting. I am nervous -- given historical demand -- that we will not get into any of our top 10+ public school choices since we do not have sibling, SFUSD pre-K, CTIP1, attendance boundary nor densely populated area advantage.
Accordingly, we applied to project-based Creative Arts Charter (outside the SFUSD lottery) (previously reviewed here). (Note: Unfortunately the C5 International School Charter was denied by SFUSD Board and the development team has decided not to pursue an appeal to the State Board in time for 2011-2012 school year.)
We also applied to project-based Alta Vista School with science, math & technology focus. I toured Alta Vista in October and my full review is here.
Pros: We like the small school size, small class sizes, and, above all, the project-based and science orientation of the curriculum. We also like the option for Junior K (academically the same as K but smaller class size/ratio) that would allow Hugo to go straight into 1st grade if he is developmentally ready at the end of Junior K.
Cons: The price. Let the spousal squabbling begin if we get in without financial aid.
The flaw in the redshirt plan is, of course, if we don't get in. We'll find out the same time as the SFUSD assignment letters. Stay tuned.