I’ve always been curious about what the most chosen schools actually were, beyond what I hear on the playground (or playspace, now that it's winter). In a document presented to the Boston School Committee last week on the proposed five-zone assignment system, BPS also laid out a map showing schools that had the most (and least) families list them as their first or second choices. It’s like everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Here are the West Zone and citywide elementary schools in the top quartile for the 1st and 2nd choices in the first round of the lottery for the 2008-9 school year:
The second quartile:
West Zone ELC (I think this is in the 3rd quartile. It’s difficult to read.)
The map actually has the city divided into the proposed five-zone system if you prefer to look at schools that way. I still think in three zones.
There’s definitely a lot of data in here on the proposed vs. existing zones. The last page notes all of the outstanding issues associated with this plan, including grandfathering in existing students.
By the way, the superintendant’s meeting with Roslindale parents on K-8 options was postponed until Thursday, March 12th, 7:00 p.m. due to the snow. Judging by the above document, the five-zone system would increase Zone 5's proportion of K-8 schools over the three-zone system from 31% to 40%. Maybe they're taking the BTU school into account. The proportion of the zone’s middle schools would drop from 8% to 5%.