It’s that nail-biting, gut-wrenching time of the year again in San Carlos when parents of kindergarten-age students register for the 2011-12 school year. In a perfect world, one would simply sign up and their child would start kindergarten at the school in which their home is zoned for. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and with more and more families with young children moving into San Carlos to attend our outstanding schools, there’s often more demand than there are seats at some of our elementary schools.
It was just two years ago that the School District made the tough decision to re-zone the district to help mitigate the chronic over-enrollment at White Oaks and Arundel Elementary Schools, after some families who lived only a few blocks from White Oaks were vectored to Heather Elementary because there was simply no room at White Oaks.
Registration Deadline Approaching.
To help the District better understand the enrollment dymanics and to plan staffing accordingly, they require all incoming kindergarten students to register each year. This year’s deadline for registering your kindergartner is March 4, 2011. So if you haven’t yet registered your child for kindergarten, you only have a few weeks left to do so. Here’s the link to the School District website with all the information and forms that you need: San Carlos School District Registration Page.
Since San Carlos residents obviously get priority when placement decisions are made, one of the key requirements when enrolling is proof of residency – applicants must be able show that they live within the San Carlos school district boundaries, regardless of whether they own or rent…which makes me wonder whether that spike in home sales last week had anything to do with families trying to secure a San Carlos address before the March 4 deadline? Hmmmm.
The Waiting is the Hardest Part.
According to the registration website, the District will conduct a lottery (if necessary, to resolve any over-subscription issues) on Monday March 7, and will then notify parents which school they are enrolled in for the coming year. So the weekend of March 5-6 will be an anxious one for many parents in San Carlos as they wait to hear…
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