Meet Nakoda Jordan, DCSRN Parent
Nakoda Jordan is a Ward 5 resident who works as an IT Support Specialist for a law firm while raising two kids, Aamir and Autumn. Like all moms, Nakoda wants to provide her children with the best resources at her disposal in order to help them accomplish their goals. Nakoda knew she wanted both of her children to attend the same school with a diverse student body, inclusive sports programs, and high test scores. She also needed to find a school that could best support Aamir’s IEP accommodations. Nakoda did everything she was supposed to do; she compiled a list of schools, submitted her application, and received a match. Unfortunately, the match Aamir received was not an appropriate fit. Nakoda found herself in a frustrating position that left her unsatisfied.
Although she had received her lottery results by the time she contacted DCSRN, Nakoda was still looking for better matches for her children. With the help of a DCSRN parent advocate, Nakoda began the post-lottery application process. Her parent advocate was able to reduce the burden of researching schools by personally categorizing a list of quality schools that could meet Nakoda’s preferences. After consulting Aamir’s SPED team, Nakoda was confident that her advocate had assembled the best options for her son. Nakoda’s advocate was also able to intervene when the family faced unusual technical problems that changed Aamir’s match status.
“My parent advocate was able to work with my schedule, provided support, and gave me more hope and insight for my kids’ future."
After lottery results were released, Nakoda was excited to hear that both Aamir and Autumn were matched with Hope Community Public Charter School - Tolson, a quality school. When Aamir first toured his new school, he was so enthusiastic that he wanted to begin classes the very next day. Reflecting on the entire process, Nakoda stated “My parent advocate was able to work with my schedule, provided support, and gave me more hope and insight for my kids’ future.” Good luck, Aamir and Autumn!
Contact DCSRN if you or someone you know needs post-lottery assistance.