Lotteries and Waitlists
A parent of an incoming kindergarten student wrote to me about issue she was having with Enrollment.
Based on reading the Enrollment policy and speaking with different Enrollment staff, she believed that the only tiebreaker for the lottery into neighborhood schools is siblings.
(It seems she wanted to put her child into a non-attendance area school.
The lottery was held and she was told that she was #4, and then, #3 on the waitlist. Now, weeks later, she finds that her child moved down the list and another child moved up the list. She is baffled how that happened.
I have a query into the District but...
Did this happen to anyone else?
Any thoughts on why this might have happened?
FYI, here the waitlist by school. There are some interesting numbers.
While many elementaries have a small waitlist (five or fewer) for kindergarten, Arbor Heights has 15. Beacon Hill has 26. Dearborn Park has 32. Dunlap has 19. JSIS has 48 for K. McDonald has 32. Tiny Montlake has 19. Queen Anne has 59. Fairmount Park has 45 Ks.
Thornton Creek has 63.
Hazel Wolf K-8 has 35 for K and 21 for 1st. K-8 STEM at Boren has 40 for K but just 3 for 6th. Pathfinder K-8 has 56 for K, 20 for 6th. Salmon Bay has 39 for K and 29 for 6th. TOPS has 31 Ks and 33 for 6th.
Denny has 19 for 6th grade. Eckstein has 16. Hamilton has 30 Gen Ed and 34 Spectrum for 6th grade. Jane Addams has 23. Madison has 33. Mercer has 43. Washington has 25. McClure has 3.
Ballard High has 62 for 9th grade. Cleveland has 53. Franklin has 59. Garfield has 86. Ingraham has 42. Hale has 41. Roosevelt has 72.
Also, could someone please tell me when K-5 STEM at Boren became K-8? I guess I missed that formal announcement. Their school website says this about the Boren building:
We will also be working with SPS to determine short-term and long-term building modifications necessary to support our K-8 program after Arbor Heights moves to their new facility.This may means some of BTA IV funds for this purpose.
The district will run out of capital money long before it runs out of need.