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    Gah, damnit!

    Also, where do you work? Can you put them in a school closer to you work rather than at home? Honestly, homeschooling is a costly and time consuming job, you have to be 100% committed to it in every way, so you really have to consider if it is something you really want to do, dont do it unless you are 100% committeed to it.

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    I'm a bit confused - you first said the local school was the worst in the state, then said its great and that's why it's so crowded and you can't get in?

    You pretty much have to take what you can get right now it seems. Put in official applications everywhere, waitlist at the private school, and see what offers you get, then make your decision from there.

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    I'd wait list for the local private schools and just do the drive to nearest who will take you until then. I did 1.5 years driving DD 40 mins+ to school, so 4 trips a day of 40 mins for me. It sucked but I knew there was an end in sight.

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    Just to clarify for people reading this thread, if you are zoned for a school then a cps doesn't exist. If you are not zoned for it then you may be told that they are capped. You can not be turned away from your locally zoned school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    My high school was zoned and capped.

    The zoning applied first, after they enrolled all students living within the catchment, any remaining available places were opened up to out of catchment areas. There was enough leeway that they would always have positions for students within the catchment zone.

    They needed to have a catchment zone, so they could remain under the cap.

    Maybe that's what's going on with these schools and theres a bit of confusion?

    All schools are zoned and capped. If you are in the zone then there is no cap. If you are out of the zone a school doesn't have to take you and they refer you back to your zoned school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    OP is enrolling midyear though. What are they supposed to do if the school is already at their enrolment capacity at this point in time, but would have space at the beginning of next year?
    If you are in the zone of a state school they have to take you anytime.

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    If the local zoned school has to take your kids Op, no matter what, then perhaps that's what you should do until a place comes up at a more desirable school. As someone else suggested, you could get a tutor or do some tutoring yourself with your kids after school if you think they need it.

    I don't know that i'd rush to quit work and homeschool, especially a gifted child, unless I had a particular specialised set of skills that would lend themselves to teaching. I don't know, maybe you have those skills. I don't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    OP is enrolling midyear though. What are they supposed to do if the school is already at their enrolment capacity at this point in time, but would have space at the beginning of next year?
    OT, but we have to take them. You cannot refuse a student at a public school who lives in the catchment area. Full stop. It makes it tricky with the new(est) federal funding model because public schools are funded per child that is enrolled and present at the school on the census date at the start of the year. In areas with high levels of transience it makes programming and teaching very challenging because you sometimes have to provide the stationery and books for many extra unexpected students. Sometimes there isn't enough furniture.

    There are cases of schools having to redistribute classes due to high mid-year enrollments, and employing contract teachers in the middle of the school year, which is only possible when the teacher:student ratio is exceeded. Until then, class sizes keep swelling. It can be very challenging and a strain on resources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    But then how does that work if they're already at their enrolment capacity?

    Sounds like OP needs to talk to the department of education and find out what they say.
    We restructure class sizes, rooms, employ more teachers, put in portables etc.. It's amazing how creative a school at capacity has to become.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    OT, but we have to take them. You cannot refuse a student at a public school who lives in the catchment area. Full stop. It makes it tricky with the new(est) federal funding model because public schools are funded per child that is enrolled and present at the school on the census date at the start of the year. In areas with high levels of transience it makes programming and teaching very challenging because you sometimes have to provide the stationery and books for many extra unexpected students. Sometimes there isn't enough furniture.

    There are cases of schools having to redistribute classes due to high mid-year enrollments, and employing contract teachers in the middle of the school year, which is only possible when the teacher:student ratio is exceeded. Until then, class sizes keep swelling. It can be very challenging and a strain on resources.
    this is my school. High transience and climbing enrolment means we restructure all the time, mid term jobs etc.. We are "capped" at 1100 next year but we can't turn away children in our zone. That's part of the reason schools need to adhere to zones instead if taking children out of zone, then reaching capacity and having to go over capacity due to an influx of in zone enrolments.

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