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01-20-2011, 02:15 PM
I'm somewhat confused by how the new system works. Sherman is our attendace area school and we hope we'll get it. But can somebody help me understand what happens if we get bumped?

01-21-2011, 04:05 PM
It really depends why you got bumped. If you get bumped because there are a bunch of requests from CTIP1 areas and non-attendance area siblings for your neighborhood school, then you don't get any special preference for other schools. However, if you get bumped because the number of applicants in your attendance area exceeds the number of seats in the attendance area school, then you will get the dense population area tiebreaker (after siblings, Pre-K, CTIP1 and then in attendance area students of course) for other attendance area schools or city-wide schools. Does that make sense?

Let's say School X has 50 spots. Let's also assume there are 15 CTIP1 and/or non-attendance area sibling requests for School X. If the number of applicants who live in School X's attendance area is 45, then you will not get any preference even though the total number of requests is 60. However, if the number of applicants who live in School X's attendance area is 51, then you will get the dense population area tiebreaker since 51>50.

Take a look at the following thread where I shared the feedback I received from Rachel Norton, one of the board of education members.


01-24-2011, 04:14 PM
Now I get it. So high demand doesn't mean students who live in that attendance area will automatically get the dense population tiebreaker. Thank you for explaining it.

01-24-2011, 09:30 PM
Does anybody have data based on historical requests which attendance areas are considered densely populated? It would help me eliminate options that we may have no chance for.

01-27-2011, 05:49 PM
Here are some files on demographic data that SFUSD used when putting together the new student assignment system:

Number of K-12 students by neighborhood (Fall 2008) (http://portal.sfusd.edu/data/epc/Number%20of%20K12%20Students%20Fall%202008%20by%20 City%20SF%20Planning.pdf)
Comparison of number of students and capacity by neighborhood (http://portal.sfusd.edu/data/epc/Comparison%20of%20Number%20of%20Students%20Living% 20in%20Each%20SF%20City%20Planning%20Nhood.pdf)
Capacity surpluses/deficits for SFUSD K-5 schools (http://portal.sfusd.edu/data/epc/Capacity%20Surplus%20Deficits%20for%20K-5.pdf)
Comparison of K-5 student residences with location of school attended (http://portal.sfusd.edu/data/epc/Comparison%20of%20student%20residences%20with%20lo cation%20of%20school%20attended.pdf)
% of Children attending private school (http://portal.sfusd.edu/data/epc/Attending%20Private%20School.pdf)
I'm still trying to make sense of all the data available. For example, the data shows Pac Heights/Marina/Presidio Heights having only 43/96/75 K-5 students in public and 808/453/552 kids (ages 5-17) attending private school. What happens if some of those kids who previously didn't apply to public schools all of a sudden flood the system because it's now easier for them to get their attendance area school? Food for thought.