Either way, existing school or empty building, would be fine by me. My guess would be there would be push-back from some parents at an existing school to transition over, especially from parents not wanting to give 18 hours or those just plain afraid of change.
I do disagree with you statement about your interpretation of the Paideia statement though. You went to the meetings, so you know, that parent involvement is a big part of these schools.
We have parents who give the minimum 18 hours, we have parents and grandparents who give way over that. One reason it works is because we are able to get things done that other schools can't because there is such a huge focus on volunteering.
Another thing is, yes, having involved parents means a lot to a school's/a student's sucess.I've learned that, as a parent, I have a lot of work to do to make sure my kids succeed. Not all of them would do what they need to do to succeed of it weren't from my constant harping. And our teachers, because of our philosophy, harp on us, as parents, to do what we need to do to help our kids succeed.
I just think it's shameful that so many kids are turned away year after year.
I don't understand why we can't replicate these schools in some of the empty school buildings around town. It can't be because the buildings are in too bad if shape-CSAS and CSLA are both housed in ancient buildings. It can't be due to money because I know the D of E allots CSAS about what it costs one child to attend school at mccallie, Baylor or gps to run our school. It doesn't make sense why. You could fill two more Paidea schools easily. CSAS and CSLA are in the top five percent of schools in the entire state. Give us some real reasons why we can't replicate them, Ms. Riddle.
CSAS Parent and Volunteer
In the past several years, the actual "camp out" had become a "check-in", where the parents just went for a roll call. The amount of time they were there was minimal. With the new process the parents will learn much more about what our schools are about than in previous years and the time spent/commitment shown should be comparable.
I loved the line but I also understand that a 7 week long "commitment" is not feasible for everyone. I think what really changed my mind was the thought that a group of 20 parents could feasibly start the line together and take up an entire kindergarten class. There's zero fairness in that. I will miss the line but I really think the new process will continue to foster the integrity and diversity of our school.
I worked on the parent focus group on the CSAS/CSLA new admissions process. First and foremost, please know that an enormous amount of thought and time from parents, teachers, administrators and alums went into changing the admissions process.
I camped out for 2 days, 6 months pregnant, in 2004 to get a spot for my oldest son and it was a great experience. I enjoyed it. You have the opportunity to really know the parents that you will be with for years, in my case, decades, to come. I, for one, know that I hated to see the line go away but I also know that many people would struggle to spend the time I did in line.
The group I worked with really focused on the commitment and fairness aspect of the process. CSAS and CSLA expect a lot from their parents and the line helped ensure some commitment on the part of the families willing and able to brave the cold, rain, and frat boys. The new process requires commitment from prospective parents which I think will make up for not having the line.
I don't love the idea of a lottery, but there is fairness in in because everybody has a equal shot, not just the group at the front of the line. Making sure lottery applicants show commitment before throwing their applications into the hat should provide the schools with parents who are willing to be involved in their child's school in a way that a straight lottery might not.
I could go on and on. We have five kids. My husband graduated from CSAS in 1991. We don't have the facilities, the technology or the money that other schools, public or private, have and we still have a great school because of our philosophy, our teachers, our students, our administrators and our committed parents.
The fact that there is this much hoopla around the admissions process every year for CSAS and CSLA makes it pretty obvious that there is a need and certainly a want for more schools like these. It's past the point of asking for more Paideia schools, it seems appropriate to demand them.