Parents camp out in Chula Vista to enroll kids in kindergarten

Some schools implementing lottery in CV

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Parents in Chula Vista lined up Wednesday to enroll their kids in kindergarten at the elementary school of their choice.

Chula Vista is known for its dual-immersion program, which many of the parents prefer.

But space is limited, and so is the space in some schools located in the newer, growing neighborhoods of eastern Chula Vista. In the past, there was never a guarantee a kindergartener would be able to attend the school right across the street unless mom or dad camped out.

Two things will change this year, with one being the opening of a new school, Camarena Elementary School in Otay Ranch.

Chula Vista Elementary School District spokesman Anthony Millican said it would immediately relieve overcrowding.

Some of the 16 schools with the popular dual-immersion program offered a lottery.

Parents who camped out Wednesday said they live in the area and do not want their kids to have to take the bus. Others told 10News they are choosing a specific school because of the curriculum. But most agree that there has to be another way for schools to deal with the lack of space.

"I assume that if they build 50 houses, they build a school that would accommodate children … at least 50," said Mike Montero. "So they have to build schools enough for each community."

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