Yesterday the DC Public Schools announced the results of the 2011-12 out-of-boundary school lottery. As expected, every open slot in the pre-K class went to kids from Georgetown.
Unlike for kindergarten and above, kids in the neighborhood need to go through the lottery to get a slot in pre-K. Last year, there were 35 slots open. There were 28 kids from Georgetown that applied for those spots (four of those kids actually ended up on the waitlist. GM believes that occurs when the children get into a different school they ranked higher in the lottery).
To prevent more overcrowding at the kindergarten level, next year Hyde will only offer one pre-K class. That meant there were only 19 slots open for the lottery. This year 21 local kids applied (the extra two will go on the wait-list). That means every slot in the pre-K will go to an neighborhood child. GM’s not sure, but that may be the first time in decades that every space in a class year at Hyde is taken up by neighborhood kids.
The real question mark is now over next year’s kindergarten class. Last year, a huge influx of 20 local kids showed up who weren’t in pre-K (normally only 5-7 do). Was last year a blip or a sign of what’s to come. GM thinks that real demographic changes to the neighborhood suggest that it wan’t a blip, but time will tell.