Tuesday, February 22, 2011

COMMUNITY FORUMS: Implementing K-8 Feeder Patterns

Give your feedback to help shape these plans. Join the conversation & share your thoughts. Click here to view flyer.

Schedule for Community Forums

Tuesday, March 1, 5:30 pm: Denman MS

Monday, March 8, 6:30 pm: Aptos MS

Wednesday, March 9, 6:00 pm: Roosevelt MS

Thursday, March 10, 5:30 pm: Everett MS

Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 pm: James Lick MS

Thursday, March 17, 6:00 pm: Marina MS

Monday, March 21, 6:00 pm: Hoover MS

Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 pm: Presidio MS

Wednesday, March 23, 5:30 pm: ML King MS

Wednesday, April 6, 6:00 pm: Francisco MS

International Studies Academy: TBD

Visitacion Valley MS: TBD

Refreshments & interpretation in Spanish & Cantonese. Free childwatch for kids over age 3. For more information visit: www.sfusd.edu. You can also email your thoughts to qualitymiddleschools@sfusd.edu.

- Donna


  1. I like Steph's comments in the Community Forum, describing the feeder pattern hybrid as the worst of two worlds.

    Steph's comments made me recognize that the school district never produced any geographic attendance area maps for middle schools. The alternatives to feeder plans are citywide choice and geographic attendace areas for middle schools. We were never shown the geographic maps. We did not cover the fundamental basics for school assignment. What would middle school assignment look like if we used geographic attendance areas?

  2. Charlie,

    The Board's approach to student assignment is predicated on the notion that there is some perfect formulation that will result in the maximum amount of parent satisfaction and diversity. This search for the assignment system holy grail has never yielded a good result and is the reason the District keeps going back to the drawing table.

    The entire assignment system process should be dispensed with. A simple geographical assignment system should be put in place so the district can do what it is charged to do - focus on student achievement and making every school a quality community center for learning from morning till night.

    They have diverted millions of dollars to create a faulty policy that doesn't teach a child one thing. This current Board is particularly lacking in vision searching for a way to extricate itself from this assignment morass. They dug a hole for themselves with this tinkering with preferences, social engineering at it most haphazard. Now they are going to the community to get political cover and a way out. Each community group will represent it's own interests and all the talk of what is best for the community of San Francisco is just so much nonsense.

    The Board members need to recall what it is they were elected to do or we should recall them. While they play their game of musical chairs, teachers and students have serious work to do.

  3. Please note that the Aptos Middle School forum is scheduled for March 8 (Tuesday, not Monday). Here is a link to the updates flyer, which is also available in Spanish and Chinese:


  4. What would middle school assignment look like if we used geographic attendance areas?

    The first recommendation for K-8 feeder patterns from SFUSD (released 8/18/10) was primarily based on geography. The proposal was not very popular for two reasons:
    1) It did not solve the disparity in educational institutions between the Western and the Southeastern regions of the City; and
    2) It did not address the needs of Special Education students or language-immersion pathways.

    There was an uproar from parents, and SFUSD was sent back to the drawing board.

    Here is the original proposal from 8/18/10:
    Aptos: Feinstein, Glen Park, Lakeshore, Miraloma, Ortega, Sloat, Sunnyside
    Denman: Cleveland, Longfellow, Monroe, Serra, Sheridan
    Everett: Marshall, McKinley, Milk, Sanchez
    Francisco: CEC, Chin, Garfield, Lau
    Giannini: Carver, Key, Stevenson, Sunset, Ulloa
    Hoover: Clarendon, Grattan, Malcolm X, West Portal, Jefferson
    ISA: Flynn, Muir
    King: Drew, Harte, Taylor
    Lick: Alvarado, Bryant, Fairmont, MEC, Moscone
    Mann: Buena Vista, Chavez, King, Webster
    Marina: Montessori, Parker, Redding, Sherman, Spring Valley, Yick Wo
    Presidio: Alamo, Argonne, Cobb, Lafayette, McCoppin, Peabody, Sutro
    Roosevelt: CIS/DeAvila, New Traditions, Parks, Tenderloin
    Vis Valley: El Dorado, Gaudalupe, Hillcrest, Vis Valley ES

  5. If the first feeder plan was largely geographic, how hard would it have been to draw up a real geographic attendance area map for MS and let us decide for ourselves if we liked it or not?

    I am OK with how a vote could go. I am less than OK with a vote never taking place because the staff never presented it as an option in the first place.