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Information about the upcoming student enrollment plan from WCPSS email to parents dated Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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 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*
*The assignment area for this school, which is being built and will be operated in collaboration with the YMCA, was established last year.
Alston Ridge Middle
Green Level 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: