When I was younger, I struggled with learning disabilities. If it weren’t for the public schools I attended, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Making sure all children in our community are afforded the same opportunities is of critical importance to me. Schools that don’t enroll a representative population of low-income and special-needs students result in the remaining schools having to educate the highest-need students with insufficient funding.
For charter schools, enrollment is controlled by an annual lottery and management of waitlists. The lottery selects students from different prioritized buckets, and those priorities heavily influence school demographics. When students decline positions from the lottery, selective recruitment from the waitlist can further impact demographics. Unlike charter schools, the Los Altos School District enrolls students from within geographic boundaries and does not prioritize which students are admitted.