Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Reporting live from the EPC

I arrived at 6:40 AM and Im about 100 people in back. I'm also on my phone so pardon typos.
I asked the first few people what time they arrived - some said 4AM. One woman smiled and told me she paid someone to hold a spot from 3-6 until she could arrive.

They handed out a list which contains schools with open spots. The  following kinder have spots:
Alamo - special Ed
Bryant - ge
Bvhm - special Ed
Carver ge
Cobb ge
Cobb special Ed
Drew ge
El dorado ge
Flynn ge
Garfield - autism sped
Guadalupe ge
Harte ge
Malcolm x ge
Moscone Chinese biliteracy
Muir ge
Parker ge
Redding ge
Sanchez sped
Spring valley Chinese biliteracy
Starr king ge
Sunny side sped
Webster - Spanish cohort
Wo - sped

Now there are about 150 people behind me.  I feel like when I used to wait in line for ticketmaster to open to get concert tickets.

32 comments:

  1. Lakeshore apparently has openings too. This is being posted in various places (only I can't make the complete e-mail addresses post):

    For those of you in the large SFUSD school wait pools for Chinese language programs or Art and Science-focused programs, why not consider Lakeshore Elementary? We currently have no wait pool and some availability in many grades. We're located next to beautiful Lake Merced and Lowell High School and our population reflects the diversity of San Francisco.

    What we offer:

    * Cantonese and Mandarin before and after-school programs open 5 days a week to K - 5th grade
    * Extended care options to accommodate working parents from 7:30am - 6:30pm
    * Art and nature-based learning leveraging 7 gardens, a dedicated art studio with a pottery kiln and a well-supplied mobile studio
    * Rich diversity and multi-cultural community and curriculum
    * Extensive play areas with separate yards for Kinders and 1st graders
    * Experiential learning including field trips which reinforce concepts learned in the classroom
    * Signature Enrichment programs plus extra consultants which enhance student development in small group settings

    To learn more about Lakeshore, join us at the first of our Summer Playdates this Sunday, June 16, 11-2 at Junipero Sera Playground, 300 Stonecrest Dr (between Broadmoor & Winston Dr) or contact Mimi Rosenheim (mimzilla@...) or Ranu Mukherjee .

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    1. Does anyone know if there is a round 4? I work in San Francisco, but live out of the city. Does anyone know when out of towners get their assignments. I turned my application in the middle of January. thank you.:)

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    2. No round four. Out of town in town.... it's all the same. You can wait for the three day count and hope to get in on a waiting list.

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    3. That's not really the case. Technically there is a Round 4, with notifications sent out on August 9. (http://www.sfusd.edu/en/assets/sfusd-staff/enroll/files/2013-14/2013-14_keydates_summer.pdf). As for the non-resident question, look up Interdistrict Permits on SFUSD.edu. You need to start with your home district and get a permit to apply at SFUSD but you'll only get a spot once all residents have been placed. http://www.sfusd.edu/en/enroll-in-sfusd-schools/enroll/policy-reference.html#Residency Requirements

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    4. For 10:09 pm, did you apply to any SF charter schools? I know Creative Arts Charter School has offered a place to at least one out of towner so far.

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  2. According to the sheet the elc woman JUST handed me, lakeshore has no kinder openings.

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  3. No kinder openings at Lakeshore but no one in the wait pool right now either, right? If I remember correctly. Lakeshore has 4 kindergarten classes? That's 88 spots. If you're the only one in the waitpool for the next round, or even one of 5 or 6, I would bet money you'll get a spot there before school starts.

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    1. We are still waiting 2 years later-----good luck with Lakeshore. ........

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  4. If the EPC mailed letters with Lakeshore assignments as part of Round 3, then EPC would know that there are currently no Lakeshore K spots available but it might still seem to people at the school as though there are open K spots. This might be the reason for the discrepancy.

    Good luck to everyone in line today and to all those still waiting for a school assignment that will work for their family. Apparently EPC contacted more than 750 families for K assignments in August last year (both before and after the 3 day count).

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  5. I'm confused. Why are people waiting in line? Is the next round of waitlists done in order of when people sign-up?

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    1. I think they're waiting in line for Open Enrollment. As for the wait lists, no, they're not in order of when people sign up. They're actually wait pools and when there is a spot available, they pull from the wait pool using the same process as the lotteries in Rounds 1 and 2. Anyone with a tie-breaker (CTIP1, AA, etc) is pulled first and then they choose randomly (supposedly!) from the rest of us unlucky slobs.

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    2. Can someone explain Open Enrollment and how it differs/intersects with the wait pool?

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    3. Each applies for schools with different situations.

      Open Enrollment is a process for filling unclaimed seats in given programs/schools.

      Waitpools are for the opposite case, when there are people requesting seats in programs/schools which are already nominally full -- but in which some small number of spots might hypothetically open, if someone withdraws or fails to register for some reason.

      The conventional wisdom would be that there would be few to no seats in "most desired" programs available through Open Enrollment -- but perusing the list that was available I'd say there were some great things available -- like SI at Daniel Webster! -- albeit with restrictions (in that case, tested fluent for Spanish).

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  6. ok, so I left empty handed - sort of. I was about 100 people back and by the time it was my turn the couple open spots were gone. I did however switch around our wait pool and leave with a phone number and email of the woman who helped me.

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    1. Can you please tell us why you went down there in the first place? Is this something all of us should have done? Also, what exactly did you do for your wait pool switching? Thanks for reporting!

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    2. EPC was posting any schools that had openings. I went there to try and score an opening and register on the spot. We did not accept our first offer - Bryant - and therefore had nothing (no cards) with SFSUD. Our current back-up plans are homeschooling or private.

      SO, I enrolled her somewhere : Parker...anyone? anyone?

      I also switched our wait pool from a school with 12ish kids in the pool to a school with less than three kids in the pool.

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    3. Thanks for the reply. May I ask why you didn't enroll at Bryant just to have a place and then apply for a wait pool spot? You don't seem happy with Parker, either, so I'm just curious about why you decided to pursue things that way and have to go wait in that awful line (brave of you!) Thanks!

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    4. well, on a person scale of 1-10 Bryant was a zero and parker is 2-3.

      I felt with Bryant that it could not be any worse. I just know nothing about Parker.

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    5. Well, I wish you all the luck. Maybe someone who is at Parker will post something here that is encouraging!

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    6. i have toured parker.
      it is on a busy street, broadway, but is a nice school with good test scores. this school is largely attended by families from chinatown, there is not a great deal of diversity. the PTO is new.

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    7. There are a few recent reviews (largely positive) about Parker on www.greatschools.org

      You could also contact PPSSF to see if they can put you in contact with a parent ambassador from Parker.

      Good luck however this all works out for you.

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    8. Oneplusone. We enrolled our daughter into Parker today as well...

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    9. had you toured the school? impressions?

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    10. No, I hadn't. It was solely based on the scores and reviews that I've read online.

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  7. What a degrading process.

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  8. 1+1, I thought you were enrolling at MPS and you posted that you have an inheritance that would pay for tuition. Certainly, give that private school would be free for your child, MPS struck you as better than Bryant or Parker ... no?

    Most people on this board would go to MPS over Parker if they were able to go for free so don't feel guilty about it ...

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    1. I don't feel guilty and yes we have a financial situation that will help with private. It's more the fact that I WANT public over private.

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    2. Understood. Best of luck with this difficult process. I am happy for you that you have a great option in MPS, but hope you get what you really want through sFSUD. Good luck to you and your family!

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  9. This just reinforced that I shouldn't have a kid any time soon. I don't even know how I'd deal with the enrollment rigmarole. You guys have all of my support.

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  10. It is a pain, but suicide is not the answer. There are many good schools and you can make it work.

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    1. As long as parents have been jumping through assignment hurdles, is there any evidence to indicate it has had a positive effect? How many parents have left the district or gone private because if this. I'd like to know . Anyone?

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