Wednesday night, the Boston School Committee approved expanding the number of wait list schools from two to three. (This discussion is about an hour into the video.)
From my point of view, this is an excellent development.
This means parents with incoming kindergartners don’t have to be as strategic with the first two schools that they list. For instance, if you were to put two very popular schools as your top two choices, (e.g., Kilmer and Lyndon), but you were assigned to a school lower down on your list, you would be waitlisted only at those two schools. By definition, popular schools have long wait lists, so your chances of getting into the school via the wait list were very small. So before this change, parents had to be strategic by putting at least one slightly less popular school in their top two to boost the chances of getting in on the wait list.
Previously, parents with children entering grades 1-12 were able to be on three wait lists if they weren't assigned to one of the schools they chose. This change just extends that policy to all families, whether or not they were assigned a school of their choice.
Now with three wait list schools, I feel like I wouldn't have to be quite as strategic with my top three choices.
Craig Chin, BPS assistant chief operating officer, said that by allowing more students to be on more wait lists, it’s going to increase the number on the wait lists for the more popular schools. He said that Young Achievers had 125 students on the K1 wait list. This change would add 25 more students to the wait list.
In other news, it sounds like they want to revisit assignment issues in the spring.
Superintendent Carol Johnson mentioned that she met with Roslindale parents for two hours earlier this week to discuss the K-8 options for parents in K-5 schools. She didn’t say what came out of that meeting and I’d be eager to hear from anyone who attended.