Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CTIP1 Zone Changing for 2014-2015

We understand from Rachel Norton's 8/15 post that the CTIP1 zone is changing for the 2014-2015 enrollment cycle.  Based on the post, it sounds like the CTIP1 zones in the Western Addition and Bayview will get smaller, while CTIP1 in the Tenderloin will expand.  If you have reviewed the changes in detail, please comment.  Does this impact your family?  Has your location changed from a CTIP1 zone to a non-CTIP1 zone?  
From Rachel Norton's website:
"So — it’s very hard to summarize the  Student Assignment Committee report this evening. The easy parts: There will be some minor changes to the CTIP 1 areas for the 2014-15 enrollment season. Our demographers have incorporated changes to census tracts from the 2010 census, and based on that have been able to refine some of the CTIP 1 census tract areas. Several tracts in the Western Addition and one in the Bayview will be reclassified as non-CTIP1; another tract in the Tenderloin will become a CTIP 1 tract. (Download the presentation — there are detailed block-by-block maps)."


  1. I do know of some families that got moved out of a CTIP1 zone. Their AA school is John Muir so, as you can imagine, they are a bit upset.

  2. i'm one of those families impacted by the change, and my aa school is john muir. i looked very closely at the revised map, and the new boundary just misses my block. needless to say, i'm very disappointed by this change, as we've been staying in our current apartment in order to enroll our daughter in a great school. does anyone know if there's any recourse with the school board/neighborhood supervisor on this?

  3. To answer your questions you left on Norton's blog (I can't leave a comment for some reason), yes the changes are final (and long overdue) and if you read her post the methodology is pretty clear, there. The whole point of CTIP zones is to best approximate the areas of least opportunity. By no coincidence, these zones also have the highest participation in public schools. The physical CTIP1 zone got smaller because there are more census tracts now, so the granularity of data is better.

    Why would you think you should get a high-priority tiebreaker if you live in the John Muir attendance area? Plenty of other schools don't have high test scores (and really this just means English isn't spoken at home). CTIP1 just denotes the census tracts scoring at the very bottom of the standardized tests and have nothing to do with what school's attendance area they fall into.

  4. I too have been removed from a CTIP1 zone. I have no issue with the changes, however the district could have been more transparent with the process and most importantly the timing of the change. Knowing what we know now, we would have moved, or certainly adjusted our expectations accordingly. At this point it is late and submission deadlines are very close. At the very least, the board could publish a timeline for when CTIP boundaries are reviewed and published on a regular basis.

  5. Well, they kinda did inform us all in the Student Assignment Report that the CTIP zones would change periodically. The recent re-do was very very overdue because it was using 2000 census data.

    All I can say to you is 1) It technically isn't too late for you to move, if you really feel like you need to do that. You have until mid-January, or even beyond that because you can get an advantage in subsequent rounds with a new address.

    2) That said, you might want to save your money and just stay put and learn how to optimize your chances and your time spent doing all this. List a lot of schools, skip the tours (attend public events instead), spend more time devising a backup strategy if you can deal with last-minute shuffling. Apply to charter schools, too.

  6. how does this optimize chances vs touring the physical location?

  7. sorry, formatting was messy above...

    how does skipping the tour in favor of public events optimize one's chances?