Elementary School Planning Initiative

Elementary School Planning Initiative to Adjust Elementary Boundaries

Please Note: The May 30 community meeting regarding the school location analysis has been canceled.

MAY 17, 2018 UPDATE: During his announcements at the start of the May 17, 2018 School Board meeting, Dr. Murphy announced that, in consultation with School Board members, he has recommended suspending previously discussed plans to consider moving any of the elementary neighborhood or option school locations in the fall of 2019. Instead, this fall staff will focus on engaging the community to develop recommendations for proposed elementary school boundary adjustments that are needed as APS prepares to open the new Alice W. Fleet Elementary School, the Montessori program at the Henry site, and Drew Model School as a full neighborhood school in the Fall of 2019. The boundary adjustments for 2019 will be based on all elementary schools remaining at their current locations.The Superintendent added that APS may need to revisit the option of adjusting some elementary neighborhood and option school locations in the future when APS begins the community process to adjust boundaries and create a new attendance zone for the new elementary school at Reed that will open in September 2021.


Current Timeline for Elementary Boundary Refinements–will continue to be updated to include a timeline for engagement:

  • Please Note: The May 30 community meeting regarding the school location analysis has been canceled (see May 17 Update above)
  • June 7 – Staff will update the School Board on timeline for boundary refinements as APS prepares to open the new Alice W. Fleet Elementary School, the Montessori program at the Henry site, and Drew Model School as a full neighborhood school in the Fall of 2019.
  • Fall 2018 – Staff will present draft recommendations on boundary refinements.
  • November 2018 – School Board will take action on proposals for school location recommendations and boundaries.
  • September 2019 – Fleet Elementary opens for 2019-20 school year, and Drew opens as full neighborhood elementary school. New elementary boundaries go into effect.

Past Events:

  • April 12 – School Board Work Session
  • April 12 – Staff will post analysis
  • April 16-21 – Community Input
    • Attend a Staff Office Hour session (Spanish-speaking staff available)
      • Monday, April 16: 7-8:30 p.m. in Wakefield H.S. cafeteria
      • Friday, April 20: 7:30-9 a.m. at the Education Center, Room 101
      • Saturday, April 21: 9:30-11 a.m. in Kenmore M.S. cafeteria

History

To prepare for the opening of the new Alice W. Fleet Elementary School and Drew Elementary as a full neighborhood school in 2019, and a new elementary school at the Reed site in 2021, Arlington Public Schools is putting in place plans to develop new elementary school boundaries between now and November 2018.  The School Board held a Work Session January 23 on elementary boundaries to discuss the scope and timeline of this work. At this session, staff proposed a two-phased approach.

The School Board held a Work Session January 23 (video and presentation)* on elementary boundaries to discuss the scope and timeline of this work. Maps presented at the work session included: Current and Future Elementary SchoolsCurrent Resident K-5 Students by Planning Unit,  Current Resident K-5 Students in Walk Zones*

*NOTE: The January 23 School Board work session presentation and Current Resident K-5 Students in Walk Zones map show possible areas of expansion of the current walk zones. This was based on the work of the Walk Zone Work Group (WZWG). The WZWG is a subgroup of the Joint Committee on Transportation Choices (JCTC), the staff component to the Advisory Committee on Transportation Choices (ACTC). The maps will help inform the walk zone review process. 

At this session, staff proposed a two-phased approach.

  • Phase 1: Review of Elementary School Walk Zones and School Locations  (For School Board action Spring 2018) Staff will review the location of each elementary neighborhood and option school—and their walk zones—to consider revising the placement of the elementary option schools (Arlington Traditional, Campbell, Claremont, Key and Primary Montessori) to more strategically serve students in neighborhoods where they live, based on current enrollment data, as well as many other considerations. This could result in changing the locations of some option and neighborhood schools, while maintaining the same number of elementary neighborhood and option schools.
  • Phase 2: Elementary School Boundary Process (For School Board action November 2018) After the School Board makes a decision in Spring 2018 about whether or not to move the location of any elementary option or neighborhood school(s), staff will make preparations over the summer for a boundary process in Fall 2018. The fall process will focus on engaging the community in the process to revise all neighborhood elementary school attendance zones through boundary adjustments.

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