UPDATE: I checked the figures below with Orla O’Keeffe, the staff person leading the redesign effort for the district. It turns out they represent students who ended up enrolling in the district, not all students who applied from those neighborhoods in Round 1. Mea culpa — I’ve corrected the text below to reflect that.
HOWEVER: District figures for all applicants don’t reflect much more in the way of demand, though I don’t have them packaged as neatly or comprehensively as the data I posted below. What I do know is that there were 278 Round 1 applications in 2008-09 listing Lilienthal as a first choice. Of those first choice requests, only 53 came from addresses located near the Lilienthal campus (essentially, from the Marina and Cow Hollow, though not strictly those City planning neighborhoods). Again, the demand is not there.
Don’t shoot the messenger! There’s a bit of an advocacy campaign going on from families in the Marina and Pacific Heights, arguing that Claire Lilienthal shouldn’t be designated a citywide school under the district’s new proposed assignment plan. But the demand patterns from those planning neighborhoods simply do not support that for year one. The data below represent grades K, 6 and 9 first choice requests by students who eventually enrolled in district schools, by planning neighborhood, for 2008-09:
- Marina: 36 first round applicants from this planning neighborhood; 24 of those received their first choice in Round 1 that year.
- Pacific Heights: 18 first round applicants from this planning neighborhood; 11 of those received their first choice in Round 1 that year.
- Presidio Heights: 29 first round applicants from this planning neighborhood; 12 of those received their first choice in Round 1 that year.
- Presidio: 18 first round applicants from this planning neighborhood; 12 of those received their first choice in Round 1 that year.
I don’t even know that it’s completely fair to include all of the Presidio Heights and Presidio planning neighborhoods, since many addresses in both areas are actually closer to Cobb or other schools further out in the Richmond, and presumably would be located in attendance areas for those schools anyway.
Again, should the demand patterns become more robust from these areas, I think the Board would be willing to reopen this discussion in future years — after all, increasing our overall enrollment would be a good thing! But the advocacy campaign, however strongly felt, is not supported by the current data we have.