Elementary Planning: Comparative Analysis of Superintendent’s Recommendation, the Alternate Boundaries-Only Scenario, and Scenarios Submitted by Community

Elementary School Planning Phase 1 had specific outlined goals, which include:

  • Plan strategically before adjusting boundaries for Sept 2021, when new school opens
  • Keep together as many students in each school community as possible
  • Allow use of existing elementary schools to manageable capacity, including PreK needs
  • Meet needs for neighborhood seats in high‐growth areas
  • Maximize walking to neighborhood schools and consider impact on bus-eligible students* and where possible:
    • Reducing bus ride distances for students at neighborhood schools
    • Avoid having students ride past one or more neighborhood schools to reach their assigned neighborhood school
  • Develop a plan that makes the best use of APS resources by:
    • Reducing operational costs that must be accounted for in future budgets
    • Prioritizing needs for the FY 2021‐30 CIP

Note: Demographics in APS schools are considered in every process. In the 2020 neighborhood boundary process, the demographics measure using Free and Reduced Lunch will be a part of the 2020 neighborhood boundary process.

* This clarifies details assumed under walkability about the impact on neighborhood school bus‐eligible students

The following evaluates the Superintendent’s Recommendation, the Alternate Boundaries-Only Scenario, and scenarios submitted by the community and how they compare with the Phase 1 goals and considerations. The Superintendent’s proposal meets the identified Phase 1 goals.


Comparative Analysis of Superintendent’s Recommendation, the Alternate Boundaries-Only Scenario, and Scenarios Submitted by Community (as of Jan. 9, 2020)

Community Scenarios: Boundary Only, No School Moves 

# 1 Community Scenario, No School Moves  (E. Chen- received 12/5/19; no map attached)

Please note that the following are based on Community Scenario #1:

#2 Community Scenario, No School Moves  (G. Burgess – received 1/17/20; Map 1 – GB and Map 2- GB/DE)

Community Scenarios: Alternatives Sites for Option Schools 

 #3 Alternative Sites for Option Schools (E. Hewett; M. Mirchandani – received 11/19/19; map attached)

# 4. Alternative Sites for Option Schools (M.Mirchandani –  received 12/2/19; no map attached)

Please note that following scenarios are based on Community Scenarios #3 and #4