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Peabody Charter School Holds First of Four Attendance Lotteries

Capped at 750 students and with demand so high, the K-6 Santa Barbara school conducts a lottery every year

Peabody Charter School Principal Demian Barnett pulls names out of a bucket for the school’s first lottery for next year’s attendance, with the assistance of office coordinator Holly Christopher Muñoz, left, and office assistant Maria Cruz.

Peabody Charter School Principal Demian Barnett pulls names out of a bucket for the school’s first lottery for next year’s attendance, with the assistance of office coordinator Holly Christopher Muñoz, left, and office assistant Maria Cruz.  (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

Peabody Charter School Principal Demian Barnett pulled name after name out of a plastic bucket Wednesday morning for the Santa Barbara school’s first of four attendance lotteries.

The first lottery was only for those living within the attendance boundaries, and priority is given to siblings of current Peabody students. The K-6 school in Santa Barbara’s San Roque neighborhood is capped at 750 students and has to hold a lottery every year since demand for seats is so high.

No seats were guaranteed after Wednesday’s lottery pull, but every applicant was given a priority number that will determine how spots are given away later.

All 96 of the kindergarten students who applied so far will get in, as they usually do, Barnett said.

Other grades are harder to get into, and Barnett said they’ll know more about how many students they can admit once class sizes are finalized in a few months. Competition is fierce, and not even all the children who live within the school’s boundaries can get into classes.

“No one from outside the attendance area can even sign up until June,” office coordinator Holly Christopher Muñoz said.

Peabody will have lotteries on April 3, June 5 and Aug. 7, and transfers from other schools or other districts will only be accepted June 10-28.

Santa Barbara Unified School District pupil services director Marlin Sumpter attended and said it’s typical to have many transfer applications for second and third grade across the entire district.

Board of Education president Monique Límon also went to Wednesday’s lottery, saying she had never seen one in the district.

Since Peabody is a charter, it conducts its own lottery. Sumpter’s office oversees lotteries every year for Roosevelt and Washington elementary schools, since more people always apply than there are seats.

The number of applicants varies from year to year, and the lotteries will probably happen in mid-March, he said.

“Last year at Washington there were approximately 75 applications for five spaces schoolwide at different grade levels,” Sumpter said. “At Roosevelt, there were approximately 50 applications for five spaces schoolwide.”

The transfer period for other SBUSD schools ends Feb. 19. To move from one school in the district to another, parents have to submit applications to Sumpter’s office.

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» on 02.07.13 @ 05:38 AM

It is no surprise that parents are desperately attempting to send their children to successful schools. High income folks can opt to send their children to private/parochial schools, but for many others who are stuck with a failing school, they have no choice. Californians would be wise to demand a voucher-based system and the same opportunities as their wealthier fellow residents to send their children to a school of their choosing.

I don’t understand why so many people have this unquestioning faith in a govt-run monopolistic school system. Why not try utilizing free market principles to govern our schools. Imagine if our supermarkets were run by Sacramento politicians.

» on 02.07.13 @ 01:49 PM

build schools instead of drones

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