- New Traditions
- West Portal
I toured only 3 off this list and put the others down based on reputation and talks with my friends and neighbors. I listed them pretty randomly except for the top 3. I was hoping that history would repeat itself and every family who put New Traditions as #1 got in, but it wasn't the case this year. We did get our neighborhood school and #2 slot - Jefferson.
I'm not sold on Jefferson as I did the self-tour and did not have a chance to speak with the principal or hear anything regarding her priorities for the school. I do know that she has a great reputation from Fairmount and I hope she can continue her streak of building community and success at Jefferson. During my self-guided tour I do remember speaking briefly with a parent volunteer and a 1st grade teacher who both loves the school. The fourth grade teacher I spoke with seemed a bit disgruntled and had little to say positively and diplomatically kept her mouth shut. But that speaks volumes to me.
I peeked in one of the K classes and the teacher was working hard with the number of students she had. It made me think of the children that would 'fall through the cracks' when the teacher and student ratio is so high. It also made me realize how important helpful parent volunteers are and if I can be one of those parents given my schedule. I wonder if the racial make-up of the incoming class would change much from past grades.
This week calls will be made for those on private school wait lists and more shuffling will take place. We are also toying with the idea of a home school co-op whereby we hire an experienced teacher to do the curriculum and some teaching for us. At this point we are not holding our breath for a spot with financial aid at the independent schools for Luke. We'll keep our spot at Jefferson rather than go through Round 2.
Best of luck everyone!