Like Emily one post down, we also opened our SFUSD letter today to discover that we had gone 0 for 10. We were assigned McCoppin, a school we didn't request and don't plan to attend. We'd toured it, and while it's a great school for some children, we don't feel like it's a fit for us. (I was actually surprised to get McCoppin -- I thought we'd follow neighbors in years past and get Cobb.)
With this news, we join The 34% Club, or the percentage of SFUSD K non-sibling applicants who got none of their choices. (This number comes from the helpful comments on Friday's "School Assignments..." post)
On Friday, we got happier news. We were accepted to an excellent private school. But there's just one hitch -- no financial aid. This weekend, we are going over our budget, again, to see what, if any, rabbits we can pull out of which hats. I'll say which school we got into once we know what we're doing with the spot. Amid all this, moving remains very much on the table.
For our household, I'm mostly feeling numb when it comes to SFUSD. I expected to go 0/10. Our list was mostly neighborhood schools with a couple of trophies/city-wides (you can see it http://thesfkfiles.blogspot.com/2011/03/mojo.html">here), but we had no tie-breakers of any kind in our pocket. We'd likely have been hosed under the old system, and as I expected, we don't fare well under the new one either.
Huge congratulations to everyone who got something they wanted, public, parochial, or private! Huge condolences to those who did not. I feel especially bad for families such as Emily's, who live in attendance areas for schools such as Grattan, Miraloma, or Clarendon and didn't get in. They had a prize dangled before them, only to have it pulled away. I'm also crossing fingers for friends who got into none of the private schools they applied to, and are now playing the waitlist game.
For all those still facing uncertainty, hang in there. In my house, some big decisions will be made in the next week.