How far will one go for a La Cañada Unified education? Ask the five dozen parents who camped out outside 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 interdistrict 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.