Friday, February 17, 2012

Berkeley Schools - Q & A

Hi Parents, I copied this right from the Berkekey Unified School District website. I've been getting a ton of questions lately about Berkeley schools, so here are some of the answers. Also, Berkeley Hills Realty's website has a ton of links and resources to check out regarding schools.

Enrollment FAQ:

Can my child attend a Berkeley Public School?

Children who reside in Berkeley may attend Berkeley Public Schools. In order to ensure placement for all Berkeley children, we need three proofs of residence to start the admission process (see Required Enrollment Documentation). If your child does not reside in Berkeley you may request an inter-district transfer from your school district. Inter-district transfers are considered after Berkeley residents are placed.

What elementary school is my student going to attend?

Elementary schools are divided into three attendance zones:

Northwest Zone: Berkeley Arts Magnet, Jefferson, Rosa Parks and Thousand Oaks

Central Zone: Berkeley Arts Magnet, Cragmont, Malcolm X, Oxford and Washington

Southeast Zone: Emerson, John Muir, LeConte and Malcolm X

**Your child will be assigned to an elementary school in his/her attendance zone.**

Where do I start with the admissions process?
Review our Steps to Enrollment webpage for detailed enrollment information or come to the Admissions Office to collect your enrollment packet and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff. School admissions is not handled at our individual schools.

What percentage of families gets their first choice of placement?
About 72 percent of our families get their first choice of school.

What if I am unhappy with my student’s placement school? Is there an appeal process?
You may request to place your student on a wait list for one or more schools. Student assignment appeals are limited to whether the student assignment was followed.

Is there sibling priority for school placement?
Yes. Assigning siblings to the same school is a priority for the District and all attempts are made to assign siblings to the same school. We want our families to be fully engaged in their school community.

Is there sibling priority for Two Way Immersion Spanish-English Programs?
No. Because of the high demand of English speaking families for the dual Two Way immersion (TWI) program, all English speaking student are given the same opportunity to participate in the dual immersion TWI lottery. However, siblings can attend the same elementary school.

What proof of Berkeley residency is required for admission?
Three approved proofs of Berkeley residency must be shown at the time of enrollment. Please see the Required Enrollment Documentation webpage for full details.

What if I have moved to a new address?
Once you move, you must provide the Admissions Office with three proofs of Berkeley residency.

What if I do not live in Berkeley and want my children to attend a BUSD school?
Non-Berkeley residents will be considered after all Berkeley residents are placed and if there is space available in the requested grade. Permission for an inter-district transfer must first be granted from the school district in the city where the child resides before being considered for placement in a Berkeley Public School.

If I don’t speak English, who can help me in admissions?
Spanish speaking staff are available in our office. In addition, a multi-lingual phone line is available to provide immediate interpretation in other languages.

by Gina Odom

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I'm Green Certified!

I am so happy to say that I am a Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP) through Build It Green, a non-profit located in Oakland and Los Angelas.  This course gives me greater insight and knowledge on green building construction and resource conservation.

Build It Green is a membership supported non-profit organization whose mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient homes in California.

Established in 2003, they offer a comprehensive package of local government support, professional training, collaboration forums, consumer education, and green product marketing to a range of stakeholders.  Three objectives drive this non-profit: policy development, increase supply of green homes and stimulate consumer demand.

I am happy to be a part of such a wonderful program!

If you want additional information about "greening" your home or county rebates, shoot me an email!

by Gina Odom, Realtor

Thursday, February 09, 2012

4300 Horton St., Emeryville

Great live/work loft for sale at Horton St. Lofts. Location is ideal next to Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe and Pixar

This unit is spacious with concrete floors, lofted master bedroom w/ bath, enclosed office, second bathroom with laundry. The soaring ceilings and skylights make this loft open and airy. It's definitely worth taking a peak if you are considering a loft. Only 15 unit building, the Horton Street Lofts were the first commercially zoned live/work project for sale in Emeryville. Listed at $399 with HOA dues of $400 a month. Parking included.