Parents react to Boston school assignments
Parents reacted for the first time to their children's school assignments.
Kimberly Bertrand got her first choice - the Warren/Prescott K-8 School - for her 4-year-old son, Jack.
Andy Berg and Anna Ross were assigned their second-choice school for their 4-year-old daughter, Ita.
Four-year-old Malia Grant was assigned a seat in the West Zone Early Learning Center in Jamaica Plain, the first choice her parents, Carly and Masilo Grant.
Deborah Grophear wasn’t assigned the first school choice for her 5-year-old daughter, Xolani, but did get her second choice - Jackson Mann in Allston.
Betty Legendre had two children in the school lottery - Jeffry, 5, and Alexa, 3. She did not receive the news she wanted for either of them.
Chantel Peoples got good news on placement for her four-year-old son, J'ovanni Thomas, but it did not come through the Boston Public Schools lottery.
Despite not getting one of her top choices, Olayemi Phillips was excited that her 3-year-old daughter Nia was assigned a spot in a pre-kindergarten classroom at Chittick Elementary School.
Kathy and Glyn Polson got the bad news from a neighbor over the phone: 4-year-old Ayla did not get a seat at any of her three chosen schools. So they decided to send her to a private school.
After Jackelyn Ponce learned that her son Jose Angel Guevara, almost 3, was on a wait list for a limited number of spots in the city’s early education program, she was crushed.
Jeff and Kimesha Rogers are counted on luck in the school lottery for their son, Chief. They got the bad news in a short, crisp letter.
Steve Rousell and Denise Kitty-Rousell didn’t want to rely on the lottery for their daughter, Sophie, so they made a backup plan for a private school. It turned out to be a good move.
Chrissanta Rudder jumped up and down when her 4-year-old daughter, Chrystabella, got her second choice - Perkins Elementary in South Boston.
Becky Wyatt was relieved when her 4 1/2-year-old son, Isaiah, was assigned to her second-choice school - the Beethoven in West Roxbury.