You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


South End

The Polson family

Updated: Dec. 15, 2011 -- Within about a month of enrolling their daughter at St. Mary’s in Brookline, the Polsons got some surprising news from Boston school officials: A spot at their first-choice school, the Quincy, had opened up. Did they want it?

Even though Ayla was happily enjoying St. Mary’s, Kathy and Glyn decided to grab the spot - and Ayla enrollled at the Quincy in late October. They had long wanted, ideally, a public elementary school in their neighborhood for their first child, and hope Ayla’s younger sister will join her there someday.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week