The SF K Files is a place for parents who are seeking a school in San Francisco. The site offers up reviews of public, private and charter schools, as well as lots of advice and opinions from the community.
How is it that people could have received acceptances to private schools when the mail date is March 17 for all of them, by agreement?
Private & Parochial schools are not part of SFUSD and therefore operate on their own timetable. We live in an attendance area where our neighborhood school is not that good. We are hopeful of getting one of our desired schools, most of which are Spanish immersion schools. If we do not, we have a catholic school backup (to which we've already been accepted and paid registration) even though we are not catholic. Don't like the process, but are doing all that we can to assure our daughter a decent education. Good luck to all.
No, what I mean is: private schools, by agreement, mail out acceptance/rejection letters on March 17, as per an agreement amongst directors of admission. This is to prevent people being pressured to accept slots before they know what all their choices might be -- both public and private. Parochials are not on this timetable. SFUSD mails out on March 18.So how does anyone receive an early acceptance to a private, as Kate indicates some people have? That is not supposed to happen.
The early acceptance is to private schools transitional kindergartens. Those letters were mailed March 3 to coincide with preschools TK acceptance letters.
Ohhh -- thanks so much, Cynthia. I've stopped hyperventilating now.
Also, East Bay privates notify March 11, and require an answer by - you guessed it - March 18 at 9 AM. We applied to both East Bay and SF privates, and no one is willing to budge on the dates on either end (I understand why, but still). We got a yes from our backup EB school (choice 5 of 5), but not enough financial aid to inspire us to move, and a we-want-you-but-you-re-waitlisted-for-financial-aid-reasons (we'll tell you if we have an offer for you on the 17th or 18th) from the other (choice 3 of 5). Aaaagh. By Th. night, we have to decide whether to let backup school go in the absence of any other data. We can't afford to write two deposit checks.
We're already re-evaluating the bottom-most schools on our Public list, trying to decide if we really would take one of those schools if it means (much much later) having to give up the chance of a higher one. We get that we can enroll at choice 5 and do the additional rounds to try for choices 1 - 3 without losing anything, but at some point (does anyone know when?) we will have to commit to enrolling with the public and give up the chance to jump.
You might be surprised how much you like a school at the bottom of your list after you get to know it. We ended up with our sixth choice. We did not have a shoot-for-the-moon approach because we have twins and we were more focused on just trying to get them somewhere in together. As it turns out, the 6th choice is better than we ever expected, and has been on an up curve since. You just never know. We also managed to get in one of our twins into another couple schools in later rounds, but elected to stay where we were.
That is an excellent question. Families have tried various strategies, including the ones mentioned here. I will start a thread to invite families to share their experiences and recommendations for survival after the dreaded letter arrives.- Donna
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Rachel Norton (her blog is source) said:"...Friday’s letters will mark a major shift in the reliability of the data we have about choice so far: for one thing, it should tell us, far more reliably, what people really want, since the system is supposed to work best when people are honest about their true preferences..."Yes, but if Sf Kfiles is any indication, there is so much confusion as to how the system works I don't think SFUSD can necessarily conclude anything from the application data. Just because the Board believes the process to be transparent doesn't mean that it is. What would be good to know is how people felt about the process and whether or not they understood how it was suppose to work in principle.
Today is the Day! I wish everyone Good Luck.