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    SPS High School Boundary Updates, Survey & HC Pathway Comment Timelines
    Posted on 11/20/2017
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    High School Boundary Next Steps | It is anticipated that a proposal will be presented at the School Board Operations Committee meeting on December 7, 2017 and final approval of the boundary changes will take place on January 17, 2018.

    HC Pathway Next Steps | The School Board will determine any changes to the high school HC pathways. The preferred recommendation, as part of the Student Assignment Plan (SAP) update, will be introduced to the School Board on Nov. 15 and staff anticipate the Board will act on Dec. 6. Once HC pathway schools are confirmed by the School Board, district and school staff will work with university partners, students and families to discuss advanced learning services, including course offerings, at each identified school.


    HIGH SCHOOL BOUNDARY & HC PATHWAY COMMENTS & SURVEY TIMELINE
    1. High School Boundary Survey - Closes on NEW! Dec 1 
      Take the HS Boundary Community Survey
      Email comments:growthboundaries@seattleschools.org

    2. Comments & recommended changes to the HS Advanced Learning HC Pathways due now.
      How will this decision affect high school boundaries? Adjustments to the draft 2019-20 high school boundaries will need be made to accommodate the final HC pathway decision. 
      Email comments: advlearn@seattleschools.org or the School Board at schoolboard@seattleschools.org


    Email from SPS Nov 11, 2017 | High School Boundary Updates & Survey

    Dear Seattle Public School Families,  Seattle Public Schools will open Lincoln High School in Sept 2019. Lincoln will be an attendance area high school serving students based on where they live. This requires drawing an attendance area for the new high school and reassigning students from other high school areas. Ingraham HS will also have a significant capacity increase in 2019 with the construction of an addition. This is also being considered as new high school boundaries are drawn. |  Thank you to the many families who attended regional open house meetings to talk about the boundary change process. 

    We are continuing to seek feedback as we make additional adjustments to the boundaries before bringing a proposal to the School Board for approval. | This survey is an opportunity for you to share your top priorities as we make adjustments to the current boundary scenarios and provide any additional feedback that should be considered by district staff and the School Board. The listed priorities include those developed by the High School Boundary Task Force and values shared by families, staff and students at the recent community meetings. The survey will close on November 27. | Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPS_HSBoundaries

    Adjustments will be made to the boundary scenarios based on feedback from families via email, the survey, open house meetings, and other channels. Adjustments will also be made in response to any School Board approved changes to the Highly Capable (HC) pathways. If changes are made to high school HC pathways they will be implemented in the 2019-20 school year in alignment with the opening of Lincoln High School.

    Next Steps: It is anticipated that a proposal will be presented at the School Board Operations Committee meeting on December 7, 2017 and final approval of the boundary changes will take place on January 17, 2018

    For more background info on the high school boundary change process visit High School Boundary Changes and view the Lincoln High School FAQ page.

    For questions or comments email growthboundaries@seattleschools.org



    Email from SPS Nov 9, 2017 | Follow Up from High School Advanced Learning Community Engagement

    Dear Families,  Last month we surveyed families of students currently in grades 5-12 about improving access to Advanced Learning opportunities in high school. Thank you to the many families who provided feedback. In response to three open-ended questions, the top 20 ideas from each school community were analyzed and grouped thematically by an outside evaluator. We also held home language focus groups in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Somali. 
    What We Heard | We heard overwhelmingly that families want increased and equal access to advanced courses offered closer to home. We also heard questions and concerns about timing and grandfathering options. To view top-rated themes for each question, examples of specific participant’s thoughts and differences between types of schools, please view the Advanced Learning Engagement Presentation. You can also read more on the Community Engagement page. 

    Multiple solutions and ways to address community feedback were explored. A preferred recommendation was shared with the School Board’s Operations Committee on Nov. 2. The preferred recommendation is to develop regional Highly Capable (HC) pathways for students entering 9th grade beginning in 2019-20. Students in a high school HC pathway in 2018-19 will be grandfathered in their current pathway school. The suggested regional pathways are based on students’ attendance area high school.

    HC Pathway School and Attendance Area High Schools
    Ballard - Ballard and Ingraham
    Franklin - Franklin and Rainer Beach
    Garfield - Garfield and Lincoln (opening 2019)
    Roosevelt - Roosevelt and Nathan Hale
    West Seattle - West Seattle and Chief Sealth

    Next Steps | The School Board will determine any changes to the high school HC pathways. The preferred recommendation, as part of the Student Assignment Plan (SAP) update,will be introduced to the School Board on Nov. 15 and staff anticipate the Board will act on Dec. 6. Once HC pathway schools are confirmed by the School Board, district and school staff will work with university partners, students and families to discuss advanced learning services, including course offerings, at each identified school. 

    Background, updates and FAQ can be found on the HS Advanced Learning Community Engagement page.

    If you have questions about the recommended changes to High School Advanced Learning services and HC pathways, please email advlearn@seattleschools.org. Comments may also be sent directly to the School Board at schoolboard@seattleschools.org

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