The waitlist is a dead end! Do not give parents and students false hope with the creation of a waitlist.
- schools do not move their own waitlists - the district does.
- the district does allow "swaps" but only if the #1 person on School X wants to trade with the #1 person on School Z - how often does that work out? Not very often.
- the waitlists dissolve on August 15th
- As of March 30, 2016, the District had received 5,653 school choice applications, 5,177 of which were submitted during the on time Open Enrollment period and were eligible for tiebreakers. 1,643 assignments were made during the mass assignment period in early April, and since then 1,184 new assignments have been made based on the choice applications received. Of the students who participated in the choice process as of March 30, 50% were assigned to one of their top three choices (40% assigned to 1st choice, 7% assigned to 2nd choice, and 3% assigned to third choice).
- it seems there are about 5,000 students on waitlists
It's an interesting issue because more than a decade ago, there was also discussion over holding open spaces. You can see it both ways really.
One, you fill the school with students who are already enrolled in the district and are willing to find their own transportation to get to a school. In that case, you tell newcomers that they will have to take space-available spots.
Or two, you hold any open seats on the idea that they will get filled by newcomers. We are, after all, a growing city.
Further, (this from the district's webpage on waitlists:)
Waitlist are based on the established tiebreakers for a school and program as described in the Student Assignment Transition Plan for 2016-17, and on the Admissions page.
Waitlist moves take place in the order in which students are on the list. The District works to make waitlist moves where possible but must also consider the impact that waitlist moves have on the schools from which those students are coming from.
In instances where waitlist moves would significantly reduce enrollment and staffing at another school, fewer waitlist moves are typically made. For example, someone who is 6th on waitlist could not be moved until the first 5 students are moved regardless of what school the 6th student is coming from.
Based on the Student Assignment Plan and in fairness to the students who are ranked higher, waitlist moves are made in the order in which students are assigned to the waitlist.
I didn't know that the district was taking in staffing needs at a student's currently assigned school when moving waitlists even if there is room at the school that a student wishes to move to.
The Admissions Center will be closed during our end of year transition process from July 11 -
Non-resident student applications will be accepted starting June 1, 2016. (On this one, good luck. I can't imagine there could be room for more than a handful of non-resident students.)
F1 and J1 visa student applications will be accepted through August 15, 2016. (This one, I don't know - does the district have to let these students in? Is this just for foreign exchange students or students whose parents are working here for a finite time? Anyone?)