Wednesday, October 16, 2013

TECA enrollment October 22 and SFUSD Enrollment Fair November 2

As we hit the middle of October, we are hearing from parents who are quickly getting into the swing of the kindergarten search (or searching for a school for children in older grades). We wish luck to everyone out there and hope you are able to find the tours and information-gathering a useful and not too stressful process. 

SFUSD Enrollment Fair November 2
If you are searching for a school for your child, you may already have November 2nd on your radar screen--that's the date of the SFUSD Enrollment Fair. The fair will be held from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 7th Street. SFUSD's website says you will be able to not only check out booths for each of the public schools, but also attend workshops on the enrollment process, Transitional Kindergarten, Special Education, Language pathways, middle school feeders, afterschool programs and the Lowell application process.

More info here:

Parents who went through this in past years, please feel free to discuss in the comments what you thought was useful (or not) about the Enrollment Fair and any tips you might have for navigating the busy hall. 

Thomas Edison Charter Academy (TECA)
We also wanted to let folks know about another date that some families might not know about: October 22nd. That's the date of the first enrollment session for Thomas Edison Charter Academy (TECA). 

Located at 22nd and Dolores, TECA is a K-8 charter school with two tracks (one a Spanish immersion thread and the other an English thread). Instead of using a lottery for student enrollment as other charters do, TECA offers spots on a first-come, first-serve basis to parents who make it to one of the school's enrollment sessions (you do have to bring with you your child's birth certificate and other documentation, see the school's website for details). If you're really interested in a spot, we understand you'll want to make it to the school's first or second enrollment session (though in past years, it sounds like many parents were offered spots off the waitlist as well). 

For more info about TECA and their enrollment sessions (after Oct 22, the dates are November 7, November 18, December 3, January 7 and January 24--check website for times):

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