My son graduated from Hale last year. (He was very happy and content there; as parents we had problems with the new principal and the direction Hale was going in.) When we were looking at high schools for him, Hale was one of the most sought-after schools with a great principal. It still has very high WASL scores. I bring this up because Linda Thomas' blog at the Seattle PI was discussing private schools (it was a bit abstract and I wasn't sure if she was talking about K-12 or post). There was a complaint (again) about lack of seats at Roosevelt and I suggested Hale open up more seats (they are way under capacity by choice). Here's what one person replied:
"No one, repeat no one, on the wait list for Roosevelt, Ballard or Garfield wants their kids to attend Hale. Zero. Let that sink in for a moment. Your answer to this sounds like it comes from some ex-Soviet commissar. And people wonder why so many people sacrifice so much money to send their kids to private schools instead. If Hale could attract more students, that would be different.
The people on the wait lists for Roosevelt, Ballard and Garfield want the kind of school programs offered at Roosevelt, Ballard and Garfield, or better. Offering them Hale or West Seattle or Franklin will not attract them to SPS. Forcing them to Hale will not work because they've already looked at Hale and decided not to send their kids there. They will leave the district rather than do as you suggest."
Franklin used to be considered a top high school in early 2000-2001. What the heck has happened to these schools? What is it that is driving people away (largely) into the arms of Garfield and Roosevelt (and to a lesser degree, Ballard)? I think I know some of the answers but let me know. More importantly, we need to let the district know what parents want in a high school and what, as the writer above says, is driving parents away.