The has continued to face increasing enrollment the past few years. But as more parents aren’t able to enroll their child at their number one school choice, they’re opting to send their children to private school, school board members observed.
“We are losing students to the outside rather than on the waitlist,” Trustee Alisa MacAvoy said. “When they don’t get into the kindergarten of their choice, and they’re not coming back.”
However, these numbers also include some private students who want to enroll in the district. There are 800 to 900 students enrolled in Redwood City private schools like , and Redeemer School.
Another issue the waiting lists present is the complex puzzle the district faces in trying to please parents who want their student at one specific school.
Fifteen of 16 schools have wait lists, indicating that dozens of students already enrolled at one school would prefer to go to another school elsewhere in the district. The numbers do not mean that over 500 students are waiting to get into the district.
Schoosl of Choice History Students Notes 145 This school has traditionally had a long wait list. It has a high Academic Performance Index 992 out of 1000. 129 This school has traditionally had a long wait list. Test scores are high. Trustee McBride said a way to even out wait list numbers was to get test score numbers similarly up at other schools. 65 More and more parents want their child learning a second language. This number may possibly be higher because parents who do not have their student enrolled by kindergarten enroll their kids in any private language school, not just Spanish. 56
Selby Lane 38 Many parents want their middle school-aged children to attend here for location-based reasons. MIT 35 This would have been 65, had it not been for the opening of a new 6th grade class 18
17 Hawes has had a huge enrollment and has had to defer some of its students to neighboring schools. 14
Garfield 12 Parents with children that should enroll in Kennedy Middle School want to enroll their students in a school on the Eastside. 10
6 PTO president Roy Dorling mentioned that this number was 104 students in March, indicating a highly fluctuating number. When parents are on the wait list mid-year but are not accepted, they take their names off the wait list. He added that there was limited capacity at the school. 3
“More importantly, we need to give parents a choice and not just put them in a classroom somewhere,” said Maria Diaz-Slocum.
Yet many school board members wanted more context as to what the numbers meant, as they tried to give the district administrators guidance. The administrators will continue to work with comprised of administrators, principals, parents, teachers and community members. The committee was formed in the fall to give input on crucial decisions regarding enrollment, grade configurations and boundaries.