Back to School!
This week, we registered Crystal in the first grade. Many people seem to think that this is an involved process. The truth of the matter is that it’s really quite easy. If you are ever in the position of having to register a kid for school in San Francisco, don’t listen to Pacific Heights soccer moms going on about waiting lists and whatnot — just go down to 555 Franklin Street and do it.
While it’s true that San Francisco has shut some public schools down, this was done for a good reason — the remaining schools benefit from bigger budgets. A large number of kids in this town go to private schools that the average person cannot afford, and this seems to be the reason that public schools are having fewer enrollments. I believe that public schools hit rock bottom last year from my experience working at the now-defunct Bejamin Franklin Middle School.
We enrolled Crystal in Rosa Parks Elementary, right next to Japantown. This school has more than a fresh coat of paint — it appears that the entire summer was spent doing a tremendous renovation and add-on. Past performance numbers for this school are low, but I am interested to see what the increased budget and new teachers do for the school. We also put Crystal on a waiting list for Spring Valley elementary — not because we didn’t have faith in Rosa Parks, but because it’s close to mom’s workplace. Spring Valley has some of the highest elementary school test scores in San Francisco, and it’s a science magnet school.
If you have a child in schoo in San Francisco, one of the best tools you could have at your disposal is the San Francisco based website GreatSchools. We researched the schools after our visit to 555 Franklin on this site, and it helped us out a lot with our questions.
On a TOTALLY UNRELATED NOTE: Any and all are welcome to come to my Beach Bonfire tonight at Ocean Beach starting at 6pm, Stairwell 16. Look for the Octopus on a Stick.