Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Navigating the SFUSD Wait Pool Rounds

Many parents are happy with the SFUSD school their children are registered at for August. But some folks are still trying to get a different assignment and we know there is often quite a bit of movement right before and after school starts. At that point, families can only be in the wait pool for one school. A reader has written in to ask if we could start a post about how to pick that one school. As she mentioned, for some families, it's a no-brainer because they know their dream school for their child is a block away or they really want an immersion program in a specific language.

Selecting a school seems especially confusing for families whose attendance-area school is extremely popular (i.e. Clarendon, Grattan). Is it better to list your attendance area school as your wait pool school, even if there are 20 other students in the wait pool, and hope for lots of movement in the first ten days of school? Or better to look for schools with really small wait pools that might be hidden gems?  We have heard in years past that Lakeshore sometimes has room, even though its teachers and programs get high marks from parents. Will that still be the case this year?

Readers, can you weigh in on why your picked your one wait pool school/program, and how you fared? Did you try to factor the availability of aftercare into your decision? Any other issues parents should consider?

As always, we hope to provide information and not stress anyone out!

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