Nart Posted February 17, 2012 Share Posted February 17, 2012 (edited) I am trying to decide where to send my son to K next year. Our neighborhood school is 5 blocks away and is a good school (California API score of 880) with 300 students. We entered a lottery for a Magnet School five miles away that is a fantastic school (California API score of 940) that has 590 students. I just got a letter that he got in (there are 100 k spots and around 250 to 300 people apply every year and about 50 of the K spots go to siblings). I like the idea of the neighborhood school because he would meet kids nearby but because it is small it has a lot of split classes and I am afraid there won't be as much academic enrichment. It also doesn't have morning care and there is no guarantee that he will get AM kindergarten so he could go to the afterschool program. If he doesn't get the AM kindergarten class I would have to find a neighbor who could watch him in the mornings. The school told me they wouldn't decide the classes until August. The magnet school has no split classes and there is always a waiting list to enter. Almost all the parents have a high level of education and cared enough about their child's education to figure out how to enter a lottery in January for the upcoming school year (if you don't apply for the lottery in January you can't attend the school). There is before and after care. My son is already reading and is about to start SM 1A. I would think that there has to be other students who are reading at this school in kindergarten so perhaps they might do something additional with those students. Both schools use Everyday Math but the Magnet school has been using it for 15 years while the neighborhood school is only in its second year of implementing it. I wish I could send him to the neighborhood school for k-2 and then switch him but there is no guarantee he would get in again. Now that he is in his little brother is guaranteed a spot too in a couple of years. Anyone have any experience commuting to a better school and giving up the neighborhood school? Any regrets? Edited February 17, 2012 by Nart Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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