Families of 31 prospective kindergartners who live in Palo Alto's Addison Elementary School area have been told there is no guaranteed space at Addison for their children this fall.
The news came following a lottery held last week for prospective kindergartners at Addison and Palo Verde schools. The drawing was necessitated by more children signing up at the two campuses than there are currently available spots.
At Palo Verde, parents of 10 prospective kindergartners have been told they do not yet have a guaranteed spot.
It's possible that most or all of the children will be able to enroll at Addison or Palo Verde by the time school begins Aug. 23. School officials said many families change plans or enroll their children in district "choice" programs such as Hoover and Ohlone schools, resulting in space freeing up for neighborhood children on the waiting list.
Addison parents whose children were wait-listed were told that up to 20 "overflowed" children in previous years ultimately got a spot at the school.
Nonetheless, wait-listed parents described the situation as disappointing and inconvenient as they scrambled to make tentative plans for their kids to go elsewhere.
Kindergartners who do not clear the wait list for their neighborhood schools are typically assigned to another campus nearby. In the case of Addison, that likely would be Walter Hays.
Overflows have occurred regularly in recent years as the school district has seen steady and sometimes surprising bursts in enrollment.
Growth has been particularly strong in the elementary grades and in the southern part of town.
District Superintendent Kevin Skelly said last month that by May or June he will recommend placement of up to 30 new elementary classrooms to be built in the next five years.
Those would be in addition to the 10 new classrooms already under construction or in the pipeline at Ohlone and Duveneck schools.