When the impeccably dressed government worker delivers your child’s school assignment letter (hopefully on March 19), sit yourself down before you open the letter and STAY seated. This will insure that you avoid injury when you (a) jump for joy, or (b) scream hysterically and smash your head on every wall in the house in disgust. Washing down your morning dose of Prozac with a good stiff drink before opening the letter might help too.
If answer is “a,” run, don’t walk, to the school and enroll your child by the deadline.
If answer is “b,” now what?
Families have tried various strategies for survival after the dreaded letter arrives, including enrolling as a group in a lesser known school when they liked the principal and location, enrolling at said dreaded school and trying your luck in the next couple of rounds of the lottery, forgoing enrollment in SFUSD completely until an acceptable opening becomes available (Did you know that you can transfer into a public school at any time from outside the District; whereas, internal transfers within the District are blocked after a certain date?), mortgaging the house for parochial/private down payment, home schooling, waiting it out for another year in a transitional K program, or moving out of the District completely. And I have probably missed a few options.
Feel free to share your experiences and recommendations for survival after the dreaded letter arrives. What advice can you offer for eventually getting into a SFUSD public school that you like.
Anyone from J. Serra ready to share their story?