I toured Jefferson Elementary recently. It’s not particularly close to me, but is on a good commute path for my husband and is a large school with no immersion (meaning there could potentially be spots open to people outside the neighborhood). My tour notes are here but a few points of interest:
- The principal said she guesses there will be approximately ten siblings next year, give or take a few.
- I know there was a debate awhile back about whether or not parking should be an issue when searching for schools. I’m of the camp that parking is, indeed, something to consider. And parking at Jefferson is certainly a negative to that nice school. I was unable to find free parking the day I went (well, I guess I could have searched for another 15 minutes…) but I was able to find metered parking with no problem. So at least there are options. The good news is that once the kids are in first grade (principal said the kinders are generally walked in and picked up before and after school) they do a pick up and drop off system in the front of the school so that parents don’t have to get out of their cars. So parking wouldn’t be an everyday burden after kindergarten.
- In a casual conversation the principal said, though she hasn’t heard anything official, she wouldn’t be surprised at all if start and end times change once bussing is cut, starting as early as the upcoming fall. Nothing official, but to me this means pay a lot less attention to start times and a lot more attention to the school itself (the start and end time of our neighborhood school has been a pretty big concern to me).
I think Jefferson is a nice school and it will be on our list.
Incidentally, my list is now done. I’m headed to 555 Franklin on Monday to try and beat some of the lines (maybe I’m dreaming about the line part). How are your lists coming along?