I live in a small town. One elementary school. In this school, they have something called, the "sibling rule" in which children with siblings get the same teacher for first and second grade so as foster the family/teacher/student relationship. I believe it is to funnel the more desirable children, notables in our town, with the better teachers. I tried to get my son in with a certain teacher for kindergarten and was told, even before academic testing had been done, that the class was full because of the sibling rule!
Anyhow, he is now going into first grade. There were 19 kids in his K class with only 5 1st grade classes to be placed in. He was placed with a new teacher with only one of his K classmates. I complained because it isn't a matter of "friends" per se that he is moving up with , it is just the familiarity of having a few classmates carry on with him. In stark contrast, there are upwards of 4,5,and 6 or more kids moving up together from other classes. The response from the principal was that they don't consider friends when placing students ( i didn't suggest that, just a classmate) and because I had mentioned there was a certain boy in his 1st G class that had been a thorn in my son's side all K year, she moved him from the class into an inclusion class of 20 kids wherein the teacher is pregnant and will be leaving for the first 8 weeks! Is is just me or does this sound like a public school with a private agenda and a very unaccommodating and spiteful principal?