Hello, my name is Lola. My family is entering the K search this year. We’re a family of four, with two boys aged 4.5 years old and 1 year old. I feel like I’ve been following the San Francisco education process for a while now. Wait. I have. Ever since my 4.5 year old was in my belly. It started when we were looking for daycare. Applying, touring, anxiety, sweats and finally joy, because it all worked out. After nanny-shares, family day care, and two preschools, we are in a lovely Pre-K program in the Southeast part of the city. It’s near our places of work and a relatively easy commute. We adore the school but now it’s time to do it again. Applying, touring, anxiety, sweats and I know we will eventually, hopefully, find the joy.
I grew up in the suburbs of the Midwest. We walked 2 blocks to Kindergarten, 10 blocks to middle school and a quick car ride from mom got me to High School. We went to the schools that were in our neighborhoods. It was a given. No ifs, ands, or buts. That’s just what happened. When I moved to San Francisco and started a family I was a bit thrown back to learn that this is not the case in this lovely city of ours. The process is daunting, terrifying, and I just can’t believe, stressful. Part of me feels that maybe if I just sit back, apply at the schools near our home and the ones that we really want to get into, we’ll be ok. Then the other part of me (I’m a Gemini) has been scouring the blogs, the websites, and the yahoo groups for over a year and knows that this isn’t always the case. Which brings me to blog on SF K Files. What a perfect place to let it all out and maybe get, as well as give, some helpful insight.
We plan to go the public school route. At first it was a money issue. Isn’t it always? With two kids, we just can’t afford privates. So, I’m prepared to give it my all at the public schools and come to terms that this is what will be best for us. I believe that education doesn’t stop at the school doors. We as parents are just as much educators as the teachers and we owe it to our children to provide that environment. We’ll be focusing on the Southeast part of the city since this is where we live and work, but of course are open to other areas depending on what we find during the tours.
I hope this time next year will find us all happy, excited and ready for our first day of Kindergarten. Let’s do this.