One of the reasons the Bay Area is so successful is that we are always pushing the envelope of innovation. Our amazing minds have this amazing ability to take common things and innovate the crap out of them, dramatically changing them. If you live anywhere else, you’ll just have the same ol’ same ol’ year after year, and be boring.
Let’s look at how Silicon Valley has pushed the envelope and truly innovated in the design of enrolling your kids into the local public school:
How to get your kids into a good school in California – camp for days, punch out others, voluntary mandatory donations [Burbed.com]
madhaus aka guitar hero Says:
June 4th, 2008 at 4:49 pm
How to get your kid into Cupertino Unified School District
If you live in CUSD borders:
1. Go to your neighborhood school during enrollment week, usually early February. District website has attendance area map and address finder.
2. Bring PG&E bill, birth certificate of kid, other ID
3. Child must be 5 by December 2nd of that year if enrolling in kindergarten.
4. To enroll in another neighborhood school or alternative program, tell enrollment person and get “lottery ticket” plus enrollment form.
5. Go to alternative school or other neighborhood school during alternative enrollment week, bring ticket and form to sign up. Some alternative schools have additional requirements to enroll. You should call the school well before enrollment to find out what they are so you can meet them.
6. Lottery is held at school district office. You can attend but what you see is meaningless. School by school, they call a bunch of names by picking them out of a hat and numbering them. But students with enrolled siblings are given preference, and you don’t know how many spots there are for each grade, so your number isn’t that useful. A kid with a sibling with #799 is ahead of another #1 and no sibling. Just wait for a letter from the school within 1-2 months.
If you want your kid to go to the intense homework factory with perfect scores on the API, there will be 700 other families trying too. Very few will make it due to sibling preference.
If you missed enrollment week:
Follow same procedure, knowing you are behind everyone who enrolled when they were supposed to. Schools are closed for 6 weeks in summer, you may have to wait until August to enroll, or call school district office.
This means your child may have to attend overflow school instead of regular neighborhood school. And this is why everyone enrolls the first day of enrollment week, first thing in the morning.
There is no transit provided to any CUSD school unless your child goes to a special education program.
If you do not live in CUSD and wish to have child attend:
1. One alternative school takes out of district kids, but makes it very tough. They will not let you know if you’re in until first day of school, since district residents always leapfrog you. None of the regular schools will take out of district, though.
Wow. Seriously. Is there any wonder how Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs ended up creating the amazingly and devastatingly innovative Apple? (we’ll ignore most of the late 80′s to early 90′s)
Keep on taking ordinary things and innovating on them Silicon Valley. Let’s see some more innovation! How can we take school enrollment to the next level?
(For you folks not lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, how do you enroll your kids? Do you have to camp outside for a few days?)