2019 School Assignment Plan from WCPSS

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Information from WCPSS Website:

The initial timeline to approve the 2019-2020 Enrollment Plan has been changed. 

  • Instead of presenting Draft 3 of the proposal at the Oct. 16 board work session, student assignment staff used that day to present the pros and cons of potential alternatives.
  • These alternatives were provided by parents in response to the district’s request for feedback.
  • Draft 3 was presented Oct. 30 during a special school board work session.
  • The public hearing will be hosted on Nov. 7 as part of the regular 5:30 board meeting.
  • Final approval of a 2019-2020 Enrollment Plan is scheduled for Nov. 20.

Draft 3
2019-20 Student Enrollment Proposal

UPDATE NOV. 8: Board members indicated support for a number of changes during discussions yesterday. Here is a summary. Please note that the address look-up does not yet reflect these changes.

  • Students who live in the Parkside Elementary base attendance area and who currently attend Hortons Creek Elementary, Green Hope Elementary or Weatherstone Elementary would be eligible to grandfather and stay at their current school through the exit grade as transfer students.
  • Students assigned to Parkside Elementary would be able to apply to attend Pleasant Grove Elementary as a traditional calendar application student. They would be eligible for neighborhood bus transportation.
  • Students assigned to Parkside Elementary can apply to attend Powell Elementary, Ligon Middle as one of their magnet school options. They would be eligible for express bus transportation.
  • The MacArthur Park area would remain at Green Hope High School.
  • Rising 7th and 8th graders reassigned from an existing school to an existing school (i.e. Reedy Creek Middle to East Cary Middle) would be eligible to grandfather and stay through the exit grade, as would any rising 6th grade siblings.
  • Rising 8th graders assigned to Alston Ridge Middle would be eligible to grandfather. Their 7th grade siblings could also grandfather AND stay through the exit grade. Their sixth grade siblings would still only be allowed to stay for one year.
  • Students affected by calendar application school changes would be eligible to grandfather and stay at their current school through the exit grade.
    Swift Creek Elementary and Yates Mill Elementary base families will now have one year-round application school for their address (Adams Elem. or Oak Grove Elem.) The choice will depend on where they live.
  • Dillard Drive Middle base families will be able to apply to Lufkin Road Middle or North Garner Middle (depending on their address).
  • West Cary Middle base families will be able to apply to Salem Middle or Alston Ridge Middle (depending on their address).
  • Staff is bringing a separate presentation to the Nov. 20th work session to provide information to the Board regarding the southern area of the Mills Park Middle base area and the possible use of satellite assignment areas.

UPDATE NOV. 7: The board discussed additional changes to the proposal at a 3:30 work session and later at their 5:30 meeting. A public hearing was held during the board meeting at 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary. Watch the board work session. | Watch the public hearing and board meeting. | View board presentation.

A final plan has not been presented to the board for approval. That will take place Nov. 20. 

However, the board did indicate support for a number of changes, including keeping the MacArthur Park area at Green Hope High School and a number of changes to grandfathering rules. We will post a summary of proposed additional changes tomorrow once we get some clarifications.

WCPSS Board members discussed the third draft of the 2019-20 Student Enrollment Proposal at their October 30 special school board work session.

Type in your address to see how you are proposed to be affected in Draft 3.
View board presentation.
Watch the board work session.

This is the final draft based on staff recommendations. Any additional changes will come from board direction.

Here are the main staff proposals in Draft 3:

  • Remove Draft 2 recommendation to assign some Poe Elementary students to Southeast Raleigh Elementary.
  • Remove recommendation to assign some students at Highcroft Drive Elementary and Weatherstone Elementary to Green Hope Elementary.
  • Remove recommendation to move some Davis Drive Middle students to East Cary Middle.
  • Remove recommendation to move some students in Kingswood Elementary base to West Cary Middle. They would remain at Reedy Creek Middle.
  • Remove recommendation to assign some Martin Middle students to Reedy Creek Middle.
  • A portion of the Reedy Creek Middle base proposed to attend West Cary Middle will now be proposed to attend East Cary Middle.
  • The grandfathering rules for middle school students are proposed to change. Under Draft 3, 7th and 8th graders assigned to an existing school, i.e. not the new Alston Ridge Middle, would be eligible to grandfather.
  • Remove recommendation to assign portion of Sanderson High base attendance area to Southeast Raleigh Magnet High.
  • Staff continues to recommend that Parkside Elementary and Alston Ridge Middle open as multi-track year-round schools. This is to provide additional student capacity in a heavily populated area.
  • Students assigned to Parkside Elementary would have the opportunity to apply to Powell Magnet Elementary or Pleasant Grove Elementary. Powell students would be eligible for neighborhood transportation. Pleasant Grove students would be eligible for express transportation.

Draft 2
2019-20 Student Enrollment Proposal

The school board received Draft 2 of the 2019-20 Student Enrollment Proposal on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Look up your address to see your proposed assignment in Draft 2 of the proposal. 

Here are the main changes recommended in Draft 2:

  • The following neighborhoods would remain based at Cedar Fork Elementary and West Cary Middle instead of being assigned to Parkside Elementary and Alston Ridge Middle School:
  • Families in the Parkside Elementary base attendance area would have the option to apply to Pleasant Grove Elementary as a traditional calendar application school, as well as Powell Magnet Elementary. Under this proposal, Pleasant Grove calendar application students would not receive district transportation while Powell students would. SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK
  • A portion of the Poe Elementary base would be assigned to the new Southeast Raleigh Elementary. SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK
  • The Draft 1 proposal for all students in the Southeast Raleigh Elementary base attendance area to be assigned to Centennial Middle and Southeast Raleigh High will be phased in, instead of happening immediately. SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK
  • A downtown Raleigh area assigned to Turner Creek Elementary would be assigned to Conn Elementary, Centennial Middle and Southeast Raleigh High beginning 2019-20. Draft 1 had recommended making this change in 2020-21. SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

Draft 1
2019-20 Student Enrollment Proposal

Draft 1 of the 2019-20 Student Enrollment Proposal was released on Aug. 21. This is the beginning of a community discussion about the best ways to fill new schools opening in 2019 and to make the best use of existing school facilities. WCPSS is committed to ensuring that every child in Wake County attends an excellent school, no matter where they live.

Click on the links below to see proposed school assignments

Parkside ES

Elementary School Map

East Cary Middle

Middle School Map

Green Level HS

High School Map

Additional Resources from WCPSS Website

View WCPSS Enrollment Proposal

Use the address look-up tool to view your base and application schools as proposed in Draft 1

Visit the online parent forum to share your feedback and ask questions

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Information about the upcoming student enrollment plan from WCPSS email to parents dated Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dear Parents,

We live in one the fastest growing communities in the nation. In order to accommodate population growth, relieve school overcrowding, and fill under-utilized schools, we build and fill new schools every year.

Next year (school year 2019-2020), we will open two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. To prepare for these new schools, and to help balance overcrowding in our current schools, we will start the process of discussing proposed student assignment changes on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

To be clear: only a small percentage of students will be proposed to attend a different school in 2019-20. In the last few years, only about 2% of students received a new assignment.

But we wanted to share basic information about the enrollment plan process with you and every family in the district, because we know many families are new to our community and unfamiliar with the details of such rapid enrollment growth.

Will your family be affected by the new plan?

The first draft of the Student Enrollment Proposal will be presented publicly the afternoon of Aug. 21 at the school board work session. You can watch the work session live on ourYouTube channel.

We will send an email on Aug. 21 to every family attending a school that is affected by the proposal.

Not everyone who receives the email will be proposed to be reassigned. Rather, the email will contain a link to an online address look-up where you can find out if your child is proposed to attend a new school in 2019-20. We’ll also post this link on our website.

We know that while these changes are necessary for our community to function well, they can also create anxiety for families. Please know that our student assignment process is collaborative. If you are affected by the proposal, you’ll have plenty of opportunity for feedback. Based on your feedback, the proposal will be revised twice before it is finalized in November.

Why do we re-assign students?

The main driver behind reassignments is the opening of new schools. The vast majority of students impacted by any student enrollment plan are assigned to attend a brand new school.

We plan new schools at least seven years in advance in anticipation of continued growth.

We consider four factors when determining who should be reassigned: student achievement, proximity, stability and operational efficiency.

While most reassignments are related to the opening of new schools, some reassignments could be proposed to address over-crowding, under-utilized schools or calendar misalignment (i.e. year-round elementary school feeding to traditional calendar middle school.)

What schools are opening in 2019-20?

Southeast Raleigh Elementary*
1436 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh
Some students from the following schools may be assigned to a different school to relieve crowding in nearby schools and fill the new school:

  • Harris Creek Elementary
  • Rogers Lane Elementary

*The assignment area for this school, which is being built and will be operated in collaboration with the YMCA, was established last year.

Parkside Elementary
100 Little Drive, Morrisville
Some students from the following schools may be assigned to a different school to relieve crowding in nearby schools and fill the new school:

  • Alston Ridge Elementary
  • Carpenter Elementary
  • Cedar Fork Elementary
  • Mills Park Elementary
  • Morrisville Elementary

Alston Ridge Middle
120 Winding Pine Trail, Cary
Some students from the following schools may be assigned to a different school to relieve crowding in nearby schools and fill the new school:

  • East Cary Middle
  • Davis Drive Middle
  • Mills Park Middle
  • Reedy Creek Middle
  • West Cary Middle

Green Level High
7612 Roberts Road, Cary
Some students from the following schools may be assigned to a different school to relieve crowding in nearby schools and fill the new school:

  • Apex High
  • Cary High
  • Green Hope High
  • Panther Creek High

If I am proposed to have a new assignment in Draft 1, how can I learn more and provide feedback?

The email sent next Tuesday will include a link to a website with information about the proposed changes and will direct you to our online forum. There you can share your feedback and ask clarifying questions.

Your input will be used by staff members to make revisions that will be reflected in Draft 2 of the proposal.

Here is the full proposed timeline:

  • Aug. 21 - Draft 1 presented to the Board/Public
  • August/September - Staff will present Draft 1 at Board Advisory Council meetings
  • Sept. 18 - Draft 2 presented to the Board/Public
  • Week of Sept. 24-28 - Staff will host public information sessions
  • Oct. 16 - Draft 3 presented to the Board/Public
  • Oct. 30 - Public Hearing at 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary
  • Nov. 20 - Board vote for final approval