Grade configuration will be preK/K-5, 6-8, 9-12, effective Fall 2015.
- Changing grade spans offers new opportunities to meet the developmental and academic needs of 6th graders and 9th graders. Our middle schools will use interdisciplinary teams for instruction in math, science, social studies, and language arts (“house” concept) and a daily advisory with structured curriculum around college/career planning, social/emotional learning, and academic oversight.
- In the long term, the new grade configuration will provide benefits to students at all levels (e.g., potential expansion of early learning opportunities; more flexibility with space at elementary schools; new opportunities to meet the social/academic needs of adolescents at middle level; a more coherent high school program with all courses required for graduation under one roof; and alignment with state K-12 academic standards).
- A comprehensive project management plan is in place that includes multiple perspectives in the planning and implementation of new grade spans. The plan includes areas such as middle level design, student transitions, staffing, technology, facility additions/repurposing, and operational logistics.
- We are using the district’s staffing process and collaborating with labor leaders to support staff and help ensure a smooth transition to new grade spans.
- To accommodate grade configuration, additions will be built at each of the three comprehensive high schools. The high schools were built over a 50-year period and have unique needs, so the space additions/repurposing will not be identical at each school. The overall investment at each school, however, will be about the same.
- While changing grade spans will not result in boundary changes at any level, it does not mean that the district will never change school boundaries. Staff constantly monitors student enrollment and housing development. Periodic adjustments to school boundaries will continue to be necessary as populations shift in our communities and schools.
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