Tell about a million people that we got none of our assigned schools in the SFUSD lottery- Check.
Explain what our next step is in the kindergarten search to same million people- Check.
Research more schools online- Check.
Tour our assigned school- Check.
Take more time away from work and my kids to bring form number 2 to the EPC- Check.
That’s been my last month in a nutshell. My second list is officially turned in. I included 17 schools this time (well, 16, as Clarendon has two programs). I’m really just trying to see if I can get some type of award for person who has gone 0 for… the highest number. If this round doesn’t work out I’ll have gone 0/27, which I think is pretty impressive. In case you are interested, here is my list:
The order is kind of funky, and not necessarily in the order of how much I like the school. To be honest, I left some of the schools I figured I had zero chance at for page two in case the employees at the EPC fail to enter my second page. That’s my strategy. Pathetic, I know. We’re still waiting on our financial aid information from Zion Lutheran, so pending that information, assuming we get any of the above schools (besides maybe the first few), whether or not my son will actually attend that school is still in question. More waiting. Joy.
I did tour Glen Park and stayed on campus for quite some time. There are many great things about that school; I met both of the kinder teachers, who seemed lovely, and the facilities will be wonderful when the construction is finished (which I imagine will be before Fall 2011, seems like it’s well underway). But I ultimately did not register my son there. I don’t know how much to say about that, other than it wasn’t a good fit for us- that decision primarily driven by the school-wide color card discipline system they use. I’m sure for every one of me that thinks this isn’t the type of discipline system they would like used in their child’s classroom, there are two other people who say it’s a great system and it works wonders. And that’s totally fine. That’s the joy of being a parent, right? You get to pick what works for your kid. I could say more here, but I won’t, just know that I think Glen Park has a lot of good things going for it and it is certainly worth checking out.
We have also taken a move out of the city this summer off the table for now. We’ve managed to build a nice little support system here in San Francisco and I’m in no hurry to leave that. So our options for now remain SFUSD round two or Zion with financial aid (or with very, very creative finances).
I am so over this process and very much looking forward to this time next month when we will have a direction and my son can tell the rest of his classmates where HE gets to go to kindergarten next year. But for now, a round two we will go.