In 2015, the school district implemented a plan for flexible attendance zones, or "flex zones" to help balance elementary class sizes across the five elementary schools. These are areas in which newly entering students may be assigned to one of two or more potential schools based on enrollment. The district is phasing in the flex zones with each entering kindergarten class. The idea is that if a cohort of students starts off in a balanced manner, with reasonable class sizes, across the five schools, it has the best possible chance to stay that way as it advances through grade 5.
The flex zones are designed to result in balanced class sizes across the districtâ€™s five elementary schools that are as favorable as possible. They are being phased in with incoming kindergarten classes, beginning with the cohort that entered this past September (2015). As a result, all of the kindergarten class sections in the district are between 17 and 21 students. A committee of parents, elementary principals, and district staff developed the flex zone plan.
Yes, when students register for kindergarten, the families of those who live in flex zones will have the opportunity to indicate a school preference. The district will accommodate as many preferences as possible, while still working toward the overall goal of balanced class sizes within the district's target. In the current year, 83 percent of preferences were granted.
The district plans to make school assignments for flex zone students entering kindergarten on the third Friday in July. Due to the changing nature of kindergarten enrollment through the spring and summer, this timing is needed to help balance class sizes across the district.
Yes, when students with older siblings enter kindergarten, they will attend the same school as their siblings.
Students who live in flex zones will be given a kindergarten screening appointment at one of the districtâ€™s elementary schools during the screening period. Once student assignments are complete, screening information will be shared with your childâ€™s school.
Yes. The district wants continuity and stability for families. Once students are assigned to an elementary school for kindergarten it is expected that they will remain in the school for their elementary years, and that younger siblings will attend the same school. We want all families to feel a part of their school community.