For parents looking for a creative, outdoorsy education for their future kindergartners -- with beautiful food in a beautiful building -- the Environmental Charter School seems like a dream.
Increasingly, it's nearly an impossible one.
At the school's lottery last month, fewer than 7 percent of those who applied and did not have a sibling already in the school were granted admission for next year's kindergarten -- lower than the percentage of applicants admitted at Yale University.
While ECS might have the toughest odds for prospective applicants, it isn't alone. Other charter schools and city magnet schools have also drawn remarkably high demand.
(photo of the Environmental Charter School, Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette)