Assignment

“Our hospitals report that births equal about one kindergarten class per day in Wake County, so that kind of growth is really phenomenal.”

- WCPSS Superintendent James Merrill on the fact that 22 babies are born in Wake County every day

 

2014-15 Student Enrollment Proposal: Your Chance to Be Heard!

 

The school construction bond was passed.
On August 22, 2014, Wake County hit a new milestone: one million residents. Fortunately last October, Wake County voters came out in support of a bond that would renovate six schools, make repairs to 79 other schools, and build 17 new schools. In addition, three schools funded by a previous bond are scheduled to open for the 2015-16 school year: Abbotts Creek Elementary, Scotts Ridge Elementary, and Apex Friendship High School.

Opening more schools means students must be assigned to them.

new school enrollment proposal is now available for your review on the WCPSS website. Many important considerations go into developing the base attendance area for a new school. The School Board student assignment policy calls out four factors or “pillars” that guide the development of a plan: student achievement, stability, proximity and operational efficiency. In addition, the school district works closely with NC State University’s Operations Research and Education Lab to help balance base attendance areas.

Learn more. Weigh in.

The WCPSS website contains a variety of materials, including a way to enter your address and see your school assignment base on the first draft of the plan, a timeline of activities leading to the finalization of the plan this December, the list of affected schools, and more.
Most important of all, you have multiple opportunities to provide input to the plan.  You can:
It’s important for everyone help shape a good assignment plan; now’s your chance to make a difference!

 

Background: Student Assignment Policy 6200

On May 21, 2013, the School Board approved a new student assignment policy. There are four factors in the new policy that must be balanced by staff ”to the extent reasonable” when making assignments.

  • Student Achievement, aimed at providing an optimal opportunity for academic success for all students
  • Stability, meaning that students will have the opportunity to stay at the same school with their siblings through the exit grades without experiencing involuntary changes in school assignment (This may not be guaranteed if the reassignment is necessary due to opening a new school.)
  • Proximity, meaning that base assignments will be a reasonable distance of the student’s home
  • Operational Efficiency, meaning that assignments will optimize the use of school facilities and transportation resources

GSIW is gratified that many of the elements in the  assignment plan included several suggestions made in our April, 2012 Let’s Find a Better Way position paper.  Many of these suggestions were based on the thousands of concerns and suggestions we received from community members.  GSIW also weighed in after WCPSS staff presented an initial proposal for 2013-14 assignment. GSIW members created a summary of our feedback.  We simplified confusing language, raised some concerns and provided specific examples.

Among the positive elements of the current plan:

  • Reestablishing address-based assignments that offer families the assurance of a guaranteed school assignment with an option for choice at all grade levels,
  • Providing stability for grade spans so that once children start at a school, they stay at that school, unless a family opts to apply for another assignment
  • The ability for families to enroll their children at their base school, thereby ending the requirement to travel to Cary to enroll at the central office
  • The opportunity for students to “grandfather” at their current schools (with their current level of transportation) if they wish
  • Priority for siblings of students already attending a school
  • Options for choice: magnet, application, year-round and traditional calendar schools

Now, any student who enrolls in WCPSS or moves to a new address within Wake County will be assigned to a base school based on his or her home address.