Fall 2018 Elementary School Boundary Process

The School Board voted on December 6, 2018 to adopt the Recommended Boundary Map 6-1A effective September, 2019. The approved School Board motions on boundary changes and grandfathering are available below. Families of students who live in the 24 planning units reassigned to another elementary school will be notified by U.S. mail of their new school attendance zone in early 2019.

We recognize there are issues related to these boundary changes that need to be addressed such as any changes in Immersion School assignments and locations of some PreK programs currently housed in schools impacted by these boundary moves. These issues will be addressed in the APS Annual Update that will be provided to the School Board in January, prior to Kindergarten Information Night scheduled for January 28, 2019.

Additional information will be available in spring 2019, related to opportunities for families who will be transitioning to their new neighborhood schools to become familiar with their new school, as they welcome new families to their school community.

Thank you to the community for their participation in this process. We look forward to working with our families in making the school transition a positive experience for our students.

 

Elementary School Attendance Zone Boundary Change School Board Motion – December 6, 2018

Applying the School Board Boundary Policy Considerations, the Superintendent and staff, with community input, have developed elementary school attendance zone boundaries that:

  • Create new attendance zones for Drew Model and Alice West Fleet
  • Expand the attendance zone for Hoffman‐Boston to provide capacity relief for Oakridge and Long Branch
  • Maintain the current attendance zone boundary for Randolph, which is fully walkable.

It is likely that all elementary schools, division‐wide, will be included in the 2020 attendance zone boundary change process.

I move that the School Board approve Elementary School Attendance Zone Boundary Recommendation #6‐1A.

This recommendation will move the following planning units to new elementary school attendance zones:

  • 38050 from Abingdon to Drew
  • 37041 and 37042 from Barcroft to Fleet
  • 46010, 46011, 46130, 46131, 46132, and 46133 from Henry to Drew
  • 46111 from Henry to Hoffman‐Boston
  • 38100, 38110, and 48220 from Hoffman‐Boston to Drew
  • 46900, 46910, and 48990 from Long Branch to Fleet
  • 48180 from Long Branch to Hoffman‐Boston
  • 48070, 48090, 48110, 48120, 48121, 48270 and 49260 from Oakridge to Hoffman‐Boston Elementary School Attendance Zone

These elementary attendance zone boundary changes will apply in September 2019 to current 2018-19 students in grades K through 4 and to students residing in the new attendance zones for Abingdon, Barcroft, Drew, Fleet, Hoffman-Boston, Long Branch, and Oakridge, and the existing, unchanged attendance zone for Randolph.

In addition, students whose parents are affiliated with Fort Myer will attend Fleet in the 2019‐20 and 2020‐21 school years. This will be revisited during the 2020 attendance zone boundary change process to provide time for a policy review. Parents affiliated with Fort Myer are defined as:

  • Active military personnel who reside on the Fort Myer Base, and
  • Active military personnel and DoD civilians whose children attend the Cody Child Development Center.

Elementary School Attendance Zone Boundary Change School Board Grandfathering Motion – December 6, 2018

I move that students who reside in planning units that will be moved to different elementary schools, and are in grade 4 today (next year’s 5th graders), and their younger siblings, who will be concurrently enrolled at the same school, may be grandfathered to remain at their original school until the older sibling moves on to middle school for the 2019-20 school year. When the older grandfathered students move on to middle school, their younger siblings will move to the neighborhood school to which the planning unit in which they reside has been reassigned. APS will provide transportation to grandfathered students and their siblings for the 2019-20 school year only.

December 6 School Board Meeting Action Item on Elementary Boundaries:

December 4 School Board Work Session on Elementary Boundaries:

November 27 School Board Hearing on Elementary Boundaries:

November 8 School Board Information Item Resources – The Superintendent’s Recommendation on Elementary School Boundaries:

October 24 School Board Work Session Resources:

October 17 “What We Heard” Community Meeting Resources:

October 10 School Board Work Session Resources:

September 26 “Getting Started” Community Meeting Resources:

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APS enrollment is growing! To ensure that all students can learn and thrive in safe, healthy and supportive learning environments, APS is opening new elementary schools and adjusting boundaries to take effect in September 2019. We are excited to open the new Alice W. Fleet Elementary School and Drew Model School as a new neighborhood school, and to welcome the Montessori program at Patrick Henry Elementary School.

As APS works to use all our facilities to best effect, some schools have experienced over capacity, leading to the need for new schools and new attendance zones.The Fall 2018 Elementary School Boundary Process will help balance enrollment across several elementary schools, with new boundaries taking effect for the 2019-20 school year.

Podcast on Fall 2018 Boundary Process: English Español


Schools Involved:

This webpage offers an overview of this boundary process, the schools involved, a timeline, and resources to keep you informed and engaged.There are several opportunities to provide your input throughout this process – please see the timeline below for staff open office hours sessions, community meetings, questionnaire, and email.This page will be updated regularly with additional materials such as maps, podcast episodes, community input and more.


Fall 2018 Elementary School Boundary Process:

Timeline

August 28—School Board Work Session, 7 p.m.: Attend and observe in-person (not open for public comment) at Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd., 22204) or watch live online

September 26—“Getting Started” Community Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m.: Come review initial boundary scenario as staff make a presentation and gather input at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., 22204); simultaneous interpretation available. Watch presentation live online.

Sept. 26–Oct. 10 (closes at Noon)—Elementary School Boundary Community Questionnaire: Stakeholders are invited to share their input on the initial boundary scenario using an online questionnaire at www.apsva.us/engage.

October 3—Staff Open Office Hours, 7-8:30 p.m.: Share your questions with staff in English and Spanish at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., 22204)

October 10—School Board Work Session, 7 p.m.: Attend and observe in-person (not open for public comment) at Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd., 22204) or watch live online

October 17—“What We-  Heard” Community Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m.: Come review boundary scenario and hear about community input gathered at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., 22204); simultaneous interpretation available. Watch presentation live online.

October 29—Deadline for community input via engage@apsva.us on the boundary proposals.

November 5—The revised boundary proposal will be published online. (www.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change)

November 8—School Board Meeting, 6 p.m. (note new start time), at Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd., 22204): Staff will present an Information Item on elementary boundaries. Attend in-person, sign up to speak or watch live online.

November 27—School Board Public Hearing, 7 p.m., at Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd., 22204): Attend in-person, share your input on elementary school boundaries, or watch live online.

December 6—School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., at Syphax Education Center (2110 Washington Blvd., 22204): The School Board will vote on elementary school boundaries that will take effect Sept. 2019. Attend in-person, sign up to speak or watch live online.

January 28, 2019 (Snow Date Feb. 4)—Kindergarten Information Night, 7 p.m., at Washington-Lee High School: Families will be able to confirm their attendance zone for the 2019-20 school year. Attend in-person or watch live online (link available closer to event date).

Previous Events

August 7—Open Office Hours, 7-8:30 p.m.: Share your questions with staff in English and Spanish at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., 22204)


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