How far will one go for a La Cañada Unified education? Ask the five dozens parents who camped out at district headquarters through the weekend — some for 48 hours — in order to be at the top of the inter-district permit list for the 2012-13 school year.
“I came at 2 p.m. on Saturday and I was No. 18 in line,” Jennifer Genske, an Altadena resident applying for the youngest of her four children, said after filing her paperwork Monday morning. “The first person came at 6 a.m. Saturday, which is earlier than they did last year.”
A No. 2 state-wide ranking and an academic performance index score of 942 means that La Cañada Unified has long attracted education-focused families who buy homes in the area primarily for the schools.
But plenty of non-resident families also want in, and the loosening of state guidelines on inter-district permits, combined with La Cañada Unified’s need to stem declining resident enrollment, is intensifying the interest in and the competitiveness of the inter-district application process.