- More information on the proposed redesign of the Student Placement Policy can be found on the SFUSD s website:Message 1 of 1 , Aug 19, 2010View Source
More complete details are available here (Spanish and Chinese links available on the above page):
The key section on middle school assignment is this:
All elementary schools will feed into a particular middle school.
At the beginning of the enrollment process, SFUSD fifth graders will receive an initial assignment offer to a middle school based on the elementary school they attend.
Students will have an opportunity to accept their initial assignment or participate in a choice process. Students who participate in the choice process will maintain their initial assignment unless they get an assignment to a higher ranked choice.
Students will be assigned to schools using the following order of preferences:
1. Initial assignment – students who received an initial assignment to attend that school.
2. Siblings - younger siblings of students who are enrolled in and will be attending the school during the year for which the younger sibling requests attendance.
3. CTIP1 - students who reside in CTIP1 census tracts [ie, zip codes with the lowest 20% of test scores].
4. Attendance Area -students who live in the attendance area of the school.
5. Densely populated attendance areas - students who live in attendance areas that do not have sufficient capacity to accommodate all the students living in the attendance area.
6. All other students.
Superintendent’s draft recommendations for elementary attendance areas, middle school feeder patterns, and transportation policy. Here is the link to the PDF http://portal.sfusd.edu/data/news/pdf/Tell%20us%20what%20you%20think%2008.11.10.pdf
Unfortunately, Horace Mann is currently not a high performing school, it is currently on the California Department of Education’s list of "persistently-underperforming" schools -- an action required under legislation enacted this winter to help the state qualify for Race to the Top funds (yeah, we know how that turned out). Ten schools in San Francisco appear on the state's preliminary list, which will have to be formally adopted by the State Board of Education at a meeting later this week. The 10 schools are:
Brown, Jr., (Willie L.) Elementary
Cesar Chavez Elementary
George Washington Carver Elementary
Horace Mann Middle
John Muir Elementary
John O'Connell Alternative High
Paul Revere Elementary
full article - Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/rnorton/detail?entry_id=58724#ixzz0wZ5d69EM
The flaw in this assignment system is of course – we parents did not know we were choosing a middle school by attending Buena Vista . So, while I like the idea of a neighborhood school, (which was my understanding for the new assignment system) my son could not get into our neighborhood school (Alvarado) based on the previous lottery system in place when my son started school in 2005 and now (it seems) cannot go to the middle school 3 blocks from our home away unless there is a vacancy and other kids that are fed into the school. This is so frustrating because now AGAIN we are on the wrong side of the new system that makes it hard to get to a school that is safe and close to home.
My hope is that this email gives you a bit of time to get in there and have your say before the system is set in stone. I have tried to be accurate as possible, and as short as possible.