Close-to-home schools apparently not that high a priority 

It turns out attending a school down the street is not as high a priority for San Franciscans as some thought.

On Friday, San Francisco Unified School District officials mailed out acceptance letters to some 120 schools in the district for families applying to kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade for the first time under a student assignment system that gives priority to students living nearby.

Instead of an overwhelming amount of popularity for schools down the street, turns out only 25 percent of families are looking to attend near home.

There was a higher demand, though, for K-8 programs and more than one-third of applicants applied for one of the 21 language immersion programs offered by the district.

An estimated 14,347 families applied for schools in the district, that’s an increase of 229 kindergarten families from last year.

Families have until April 15 to enroll at their assigned school.

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