Well, the first set of numbers are out and they’re interesting. I expect people will have different interpretations based on their particular take on the assignment debate, and remember these are preliminary first round results — we won’t be able to draw hard conclusions about school composition until we see who enrolls and actually attends come August 15.
Here’s the most interesting highlights, from my perspective:
- The number of people applying to Kindergarten has increased by more than 20 percent since 2005;
- Only 23 percent of K applicants listed the school closest to them as a first choice;
- 39 percent of K applicants listed a language pathway (primarily Spanish/Cantonese/Mandarin immersion but some biliteracy pathways as well);
- 50 percent of all K applicants listed one of 14 schools (see below) as a first choice;
- 50 percent of all 6th grade applicants listed one of three schools (Giannini, Presidio or Aptos) as a first choice.
- 53 percent of all 9th grade applicants listed one of three schools as a choice (Lowell, Lincoln or Washington).
- Four out of five applicants received one of their choices (similar to previous years). For K, 74 percent received a first, second or third choice (81 percent received a choice); 85 percent of 6th grade applicants received a first, second or third choice (86 percent received a choice), and for 9th grade applicants, 84 percent received a first, second or third choice (86 percent received a choice).
- I was totally wrong about Clarendon demand from CTIP, and my commenter Wayne was right. Residents of the Clarendon attendance area, if they were not siblings of existing Clarendon students, were not very likely to get seats, due to a huge number of siblings (40) and a large number of CTIP requests (30). Of the 14 high-demand elementary schools, demand from CTIP definitely affected attendance area residents at Clarendon more than others on the list that had high CTIP requests ( E.R. Taylor and Alvarado). See the table below, taken from page 16 of the district’s report.
Here’s the breakdown for Kindergarten ( less detailed 6th and 9th grade tables appear on page 30 of the report):