I have no doubt that the district's first choice to ease the overcrowding is to move the APP students to one school, say Ingraham, or just say, go to the high school that is your attendance one, we'll have AP for everyone there. Maybe that would be the easiest and fairest thing to do - just send kids to their neighborhood high schools.
So "Anonymous" wrote this questions which I thought were good (but Anonymous, give yourself a name - no anonymous posts here).
1) How did the district decide that IB and AP are equitable options? Are they not 2 completely different teaching styles of advanced academics? Yes, both can provide quality accelerated acadmics, BUT aren't they very different philosphical / learning models? What if you have a north end student that does not want to follow the IB model? What if they prefer AP option? Will Ingraham be adding more AP classes for these kids to choose from?
I don't know that I think the district thinks they are equitable but that they are the most rigorous courses they can offer. You do not have to do the whole IB program to take an IB class so it is somewhat like AP in that measure. I know that elsewhere in the country there are high schools that have the IB program AND several AP classes. So they could just have more AP at Ingraham (and likely would if APP was relocated there). I am certain of that point because they have to have some kind of bone to throw to those families given what they will give up leaving Garfield.
2) If the district mandates, regardless of how we feel because this is what they do, that there be the 2 north south programs, are these indeed OPTIONS or will it simply be assigned by student address? North = Ingraham. South = Garfield.
Good question, don't know. I think it would likely be by address with the same kinds of concerns that occurred with parents who had to leave Lowell for Thurgood Marshall. The problem with Ingraham is how far north its location is and that it is harder to access by bus (see below).
3) If Ingraham is the location of the northend advanced learning option, how will the district handle the transportation issue? Clearly it is not easily accessible by bus. We live 2.6 miles away and it takes a combination of 40 min. of walking plus a 5-10 minute bus ride to get there = 45 min - 1 hour. Or, just 45-50 minutes of straight walking, no bus. That seems insane given how close we are.
That is a very good question and has been pointed out multiple times (from the issues around moving some Ballard students to Ingraham). I almost think to make it work they would either have to have yellow bus service OR get Metro to commit to another line. Again, this is another bone the district would have to throw to APP parents if they want to move half the program to Ingraham.
4) Will there be preference given to music programs students to attend Garfield? Or, will they replicate the music program at northend location? If so, what about all other extracurricular classes? Will music, once again, get all the attention? I have a daughter who is intensely involved in the visual arts. Garfield has one of the top art programs in the city, even offering AP art for 2 semesters. Will this option be available at Ingraham? What about Photography? Theater? Let's face it, these extracurricular programs have INCREDIBLE strength at Garfield and took time, energy, fund raising, etc. to develop. There is NO possible way Ingraham can replicate this in less than a year's time.
Short answer, probably not. The NSAP did not grant music auditions for truly talented musicians to get into the elite Garfield and Roosevelt Jazz bands. So I can't see why they would do it for APP students. It's not like these things can't happen at Ingraham, they just can't happen overnight. But if you moved half of APP to Ingraham, you would see the strength of those involved parents making a big impact at Ingraham. (Likewise, you might see Garfield weaken somewhat. I wonder what Principal Howard thinks.)
The other wild card is what APP parents will do if they don't like the decision. (That would be funny if SPS moved APP out of Garfield only to find that the high school APP numbers go down because of parent unhappiness with that decision.) If they just end the preference for APP students at Garfield and send everyone out to their home address school, what impact would that have on all the other high schools? Would more parents flee to Cleveland or fill Ingraham in order to have greater numbers? Will large numbers leave SPS for private schools? I think that could happen.
I would be very interested in what the APP group thinks but maybe they don't want to reveal their hand just yet.
I do think that APP parents will handle this quite differently than the Lowell split. High school is the big time and parents are not going to just go gently into that good night.