Thursday, March 18, 2010

We got our assignment

I called the Family Resource Center (617-635-8040) this morning and got our assignment. We got a spot at the Curley. We're very happy, but we don't know for sure whether we're going to take our name off the wait lists for other schools just yet. The Curley was our #8 choice out of 15 schools we selected. We would have been be thrilled with anything in the top 10.

Here are our wait list numbers for our top three schools:
1) Lyndon: 42
2) Haley: 5
3) Mozart: 3

There are some very good things about the Curley, and my husband and I are going to talk it over tonight. Our second and third choice schools have very low wait list numbers, so if we don't take our names off those lists, I think there is a very good chance we will be placed there, probably soon. I think we have to decide whether we're done with the whole uncertainty thing and want to take our names off the wait list, or that whether things we like about Haley and Mozart (proximity, for one thing) outweigh the uncertainty part. If our son has a lot of friends going to the Curley, that might be enough to sway our decision.

How did everyone else do?

17 comments:

Lani said...

Thanks for posting this!!!! I had no idea you could call the FRC for the placement - and I work in the public schools! We got our first choice placement, which was the Hernandez, so we are ecstatic! That means she is not waitlisted anywhere. I was clenching my teeth for the 5 minutes I was on hold! My son is 3 and got a system placement at the West Zone ELC and we love it there as well. Now we know that, once he's older, we'll have sibling preference at Hernandez if we choose to take him out of the inclusion program or if he makes enough gains to no longer need those kinds of services. So for anyone who got West Zone ELC as their placement, congrats because our experiences there have been incredible thus far.

Thanks for this blog. As I said, I'm a teacher myself and do a pretty good job researching and advocating, but this has been an invaluable resource for me.

Anonymous said...

BTU! I am so thankful and thrilled for my daughter.

Googie Baba said...

I got my first placement as well. Anonymous - we are going to the BTU too! Very exciting.

Anonymous said...

Unassigned!!! And really high numbers for my top 3 so not promising. We did, however, get the last seat at Neighborhood House Charter. I am really excited about the school, just not the commute. I'm almost relieved that I didn't get anything in the west zone lotto, now I have no decisions to make, we're going to Dorchester!

john_choe said...

That's great news! Curley was in our top 3. I really enjoyed talking with the teachers there (so much so that I ended up going on two separate tours) and listening to them describe their approaches to teaching young kids. Other things that I particularly enjoyed: the high level of involvement from the parents (the highest level out of all of the schools that I visited as far as I could tell), the family resource staff and center, the facilities (outdoor classroom, playground, indoor gym area), the K1-8 range, and the availability of AWC classes there (if that works for the specific child). And I loved, loved, loved the movement/performing arts class that I was able to observe. It sounds like you have a great set of school options. Besides Curley, we also listed BTU and Haley in our top 3 (out of the ~12 that we listed, all of which we would have been happy with), and we received Haley.

Anonymous said...

If you plan to leave the wait lists for the other schools, I recommend you do it promptly. Things take time to work through the system. The wait lists will probably roll that far (5 or 3), perhaps within weeks (see, if you take your name off the wait lists, everybody else moves up one - and you're not the only one who will do this). If you wait too long, the choice will be made for you - and the orders might cross in the system, so that you roll over on a wait list before your drop request is fully processed. Then again, they wouldn't be on your wait list if you weren't eager to go there, right?

changingway said...

Glad to read that the lottery gods have smiled upon you.
Andrew
ps the Haley worked well for Maddie, my daughter
pps I use the past tense because we've moved. We're in Silver Spring, MD, now. Your public school assignment is based on your address. That's it. We're happy with Highland Elementary, a short walk from our house.

Anonymous said...

We received a spot at the Curley too (our #2 choice) and were waitlisted #7 at the Manning. We are very pleased with the outcome of a process that we had absolutely no control over.

Thank you for your blog, it has been a great resource and has opened my eyes to BPS issues beyond the lottery. Maybe you will keep it up?

And maybe we will see you at the Curley in September!

Anonymous said...

There are no guarantees, but it seems as if your son is a shoe-in at the Haley. Last year, we had an initial assignment at our 6th or 7th choice, and placed on the waitlist at the Beethoven (#27, I think?). Ultimately, my son started K2 at the Beethoven during the second week of school. BTW, your blog is terrific--thanks for all the great posts!

Anonymous said...

We are unassigned,
Haley- #38
Manning#26
BTU#59.
I'm hopeful about our Manning and Haley numbers. :)
Congrats!
-Jumping Mom

Diane said...

We were placed at our second choice - Philbrick. We are waitlisted at #27 for our first choice - Beethoven.
Thank you for doing this blog. It was really indespensable.

Anonymous said...

We are in the K2 lottery in the north zone; we got our 1st choice at Mission Hill. It was easy to get through to the North Zone family resource center today and they were friendly, helpful, and fast.

Anonymous said...

This is our 2nd year and we got our 10th choice school...The Bates, which I'm not too sure about. But we are number 4 at the Haley, which I do feel happy about...

Karen Zgoda said...

Congrats!!

btflpenguin said...

congratulations!

not in the same zone but got a K0 slot at the baldwin elc (north zone). our assignment came in the mail saturday morning. it was a thrill to read.

Theresa said...

We're unassigned and high numbers on the wait lists. We've actually put a group together to try to make a change - don't know if you're interested, but you could email: neighborhoodschools@live.com.

Love the blog.

Anonymous said...

My daughter was unassigned. Lucky for her (and me) BPS was our back up plan and she will be attending a private independent school in September. I am glad I have the option but feel badly for the families who do not.