Monday, July 22, 2013

Round 4: Wait Pool Best Bets

For those who haven't folded their hands yet, here are the latest kindergarten waitpools, sorted by the ratio of waitpool applicants to kindergarten seats. The number of spots are my best guess. For the language programs, I assumed a ratio of 9 English to 13 target language spots.

Some interesting findings here, especially with the language immersion waitpools. If you only put "English" on your application, Alice Fong Yu now looks like your best bet for Cantonese immersion. If you put any language other than English as a home language on your application, AFY is your worst bet of any program in the city.

2013-14 WAITPOOL LISTS, as of 7/19/2013


General Education


No waitpool/possible openings: Carmichael, Carver, Cobb, Drew, El Dorado, Guadalupe, Harte, Lau, Malcolm X, Muir, Parker, Redding, Sheridan, Tenderloin, Webster.

SchoolPrgWait
Pool
Kindergarten
Capacity 
Waitpool
as a %
of K Spots
VIS VALLEYGE1662%
LAKESHOREGE2882%
MCCOPPINGE1442%
LONGFELLOWGE3883%
CHAVEZGE2445%
MILKGE2445%
ORTEGAGE2445%
PARKSGE2445%
YICK WOGE2445%
CLEVELANDGE1225%
SANCHEZGE1225%
SPRING VALLEYGE1225%
LAFAYETTEGE6887%
FLYNNGE3447%
HILLCRESTGE3447%
SF COMMUNITYGE3339%
GARFIELDGE2229%
MOSCONEGE2229%
STARR KINGGE2229%
ULLOAGE76611%
FEINSTEINGE118713%
BRYANTGE32214%
CHINGE32214%
SERRAGE32214%
SUTROGE32214%
JEFFERSONGE128514%
KEYGE138815%
GLEN PARKGE74416%
STEVENSONGE158817%
ALAMOGE158617%
SUNNYSIDEGE126618%
WEST PORTALGE136620%
MCKINLEYGE146621%
SLOATGE146621%
SHERMANGE156623%
TAYLORGE104423%
MONROEGE52223%
SUNSETGE166525%
MONTESSORIGE62227%
REVEREGE62227%
NEW TRADITIONSGE134430%
MIRALOMAGE185931%
LAWTONGE216433%
LILIENTHALGE216433%
ARGONNEGE246636%
GRATTANGE246636%
ROOFTOPGE266540%
ALVARADOGE194443%
PEABODYGE194344%
CLARENDONGE234452%


FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School)

SchoolPrgWait Pool
as of
7/19/2013
Kindergarten
capacity
Waitpool
as a %
of K Spots
LONGFELLOW FBFBNone22 -
CARMICHAEL FBFBNone22?-
PARKS JBBPJB444 9%
CLARENDON JBBPJB1644 36%
FB= Tagalog, JB=Japanese


Cantonese Immersion

English spots
SchoolProgramWait
Pool
Allocated K
Spots
Waitpool
as a %
of K Spots
YUCE - monolingual English*1344 of 66?30%
GARFIELDCE39 of 2233%
WEST PORTALCE713 of 3354%
CHINESE IMMERSIONCE1527 of 6656%
YUCT-not monolingual English2322 of 66?105%
* For Alice Fong Yu, CE refers to students who only listed English as a home language on their application. Students who listed any language other than English on the application are considered "CT."
No wait pool for Garfield for applicants who passed the Cantonese proficiency test, so some English spots may open up there.

Cantonese spots
SchoolProgramWait
Pool
Allocated K
Spots
Waitpool
as a %
of K Spots
GARFIELDCNNone13 of 22-
CHINESE IMMERSIONCN339 of 668%
WEST PORTALCN1020 of 33?50%
CN=passed the Cantonese proficiency test.


Mandarin Immersion

English spots
SchoolProgramWait
Pool
Allocated
K Spots
Waitpool
as a %
of K Spots
STARR KINGME618 of 4433%
ORTEGAME99 of 22100%

Mandarin spots
SchoolProgramWait
Pool
Allocated
K Spots
Waitpool
as a %
of K Spots
STARR KINGMN126 of 444%
ORTEGAMN213 of 2215%


Korean Immersion

SchoolProgramWait
Pool
Allocated
K Spots
Waitpool
as a %
of K Spots
LILIENTHALEnglish19 of 2211%
LILIENTHALKorean313 of 2223%


Spanish Immersion

English spots
SchoolProgramWait
Pool
Allocated
K Spots
Waitpool
as a %
of K Spots
FLYNNSE218 of 449%
HARTESE19 of 229%
MARSHALLSE318 of 4417%
MONROESE318 of 4417%
REVERESE418 of 4422%
WEBSTERSE518 of 44 28%
BUENA VISTA/MANNSE1227 of 6644%
FAIRMOUNTSE1427 of 6652%
ALVARADOSE1518 of 4483%
Harte, Revere and Webster have no wait pool for Spanish proficient spots, so more English spots may open up. For those considering Harte, a glowing parent review is at: http://phile.com/user/SweetMedicine

Spanish proficient spots
SchoolProgramWait
Pool
Allocated
K Spots
Waitpool
as a %
of K Spots
REVERESNNone26 of 44-
WEBSTERSNNone26 of 44-
HARTESNNone13 of 22-
FLYNNSN226 of 448%
BUENA VISTA/MANNSN539 of 6613%
MARSHALLSN426 of 4415%
MONROESN626 of 4423%
FAIRMOUNTSN1439 of 6636%
ALVARADOSN1126 of 4442%

Never Say Die Strategies

Applicants who of "Other" ethnicity are the most likely to opt out of their kindergarten assignment (35%), although there are not many of them. White kindergarten applicants are the next most likely to opt out of public school assignment (25%), followed by non-Chinese Asians (17%), then Latinos and African Americans  (13%). Chinese applicants are the least likely (11%),   Of the kindergarteners who registered for a spot and did not show up on the first day of school, 40% were white. 
This suggests that if you have the fortitude to hold out until Sept 6, the last day to get in off the wait pool and 14 days after school starts, your chances would be higher at say, Lilienthal than at Alice Fong Yu. McKinley and Lakeshore were mentioned in the report as two schools that had a high number of students not showing up on the first day of school. 
Source: SFUSD First Annual Report on Student Assignment for the 2011-12 School Year, 3/5/2012


Monday, July 15, 2013

From a reader: Round Three/Waitpool information wanted

Does anyone have any first-hand accounts of people who have received reassignment through this process?

-when the district called -- first week? second? later?

- whether there was an option to decline the transfer (I know it's allegedly automatic, but I have heard anecdotes of people being offered a *choice* of whether to accept/decline)

- what the process and timing requirements for acceptance were -- was any paperwork or appearance at either the new school or EPC was required, or whether it was a simple matter of showing up the next day at the 'new' school?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Thinking Ahead

Some of us are still waiting for 2013-2014 school year to pan out and other are gearing up for their school search for the following year. For those of you about to start you search, are you feeling ready?  knowledgeable?

Some  things I did that I found to be helpful were:


  • I created a sheet with all of my questions and made sure each question was answered on every tour. this helped for side by side comparison
  • I read through the school's website so I wasn't asking questions like "when does school start".
  • I took pictures on each tour to help me remember (by the end of tours they all jumbled together)
  • I got contact information for the principal and someone from the PTA/PAC
  • I scheduled tours right away (as some fill up).
  • I showed up even if I had not signed up (and was never turned away)
  • I re-toured some schools that I had toured early on

I quickly learned that not all tours are equal and I found it hard not judge the school based on the tour.


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