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Photobuddy, Home Buyer in Cupertino, CA

i've heard about *problems*with windermere schools. what are those ? is it just that you cannot get into them?

Asked by Photobuddy, Cupertino, CA Wed Jun 25, 2008

cuz of waiting-lists ? What about the greenbrook area schools ?

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A prospective-buyer

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Dear Photobuddy,

Hope you're having a great weekend.

To add to Dan's response - I picked up a great document that summarizes the goings on at Windemere, as far as, schools. It is an SRVUSD memo/publication which includes FAQs, the School districts collaboration with the WOTF (Windemere Owners Task Force), the action plan, and more. If you e-mail me your fax number, I would be happy to fax it to you.

Good Luck!

Warm Regards,
Zia

Zia Chernyak
Platinum Club Realty Team | California Realty Group
(925) 984-7671
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 28, 2008
they are full. teachers cannot cope and give their full attention to each student. quality is down. parents are sending kids to kumon, tutors, etc. very motivated parents and kids. but system is broken.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 26, 2008
Photobuddy, I’m not sure of the specifics regarding your question, but I have a good idea of the source.

There is a major statewide systemic issue when it comes to schools and housing. Assuming a General Law city that follows the State’s rules (as opposed to a Charter City that can make rules by having the populous vote), when a new housing project goes before a City Council you will never find a sitting Council turn down a project due to the impacts on schools – no matter how many worried parents fill the Council chambers.

The determination of impacts on public schools is the purview of the local School District. A School District will not inform a City Council that it will be unable to handle the influx of children from a new project for two primary reasons: 1) the District is paid on a “headcount per day basis” (the value of which is different for each city based on its incorporation date, I believe), and 2) if a District were to state that they are unable to handle the new students this leaves them open to being run by the State. Hence, this completes the loop of the basic systemic problem.

In today’s budget-weary environment, a School District is forced to do “load-balancing” of the student population. While this can dismay parents who long for the “neighborhood school”, the fact is that busing, boundary changes, lotteries, and portable “temporary” classrooms are tools to maximize the utilization of school capacities and avoid over-crowding on campuses. This is typically the source of “problems” that get discussed amongst parents with children.

If you are interested in learning more about general education finance you can go here:
http://www.greatschools.net/cgi-bin/showarticle/311
Specific to CA:
http://www.cbp.org/pdfs/2008/080506_HowDistrictsSpendtheirFu…
http://www.cbp.org/pdfs/2007/0703_sff_lottery.pdf

Best Regards,

Steven A. Ornellas, GRI, ABR, e-PRO, CMPS, RE Masters, MBA
REALTOR® / Mortgage Banker-Broker / Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist

Steven Anthony Real Estate & Financial Services
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 25, 2008
The "problem" you are hearing about is that some classes/grades are over-impacted. So they are having to use a lottery system and send the overflow kids to nearby schools.

I'm not sure the extent of the overflow or anything more specific. However, I have heard they are adding more classrooms in the schools to try and prevent this as well.

Windemere has new schools with great scores, and hopefully this will continue despite these problems and the housing market.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 25, 2008
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