There are four schools which are cheated by the District every year. They are South Lake, The Center School, The NOVA Project, and The World School. These are high schools which are not funded in accordance with the Weighted Staffing Standard used to fund every other high school. Instead of getting the funding that they are supposed to get, these schools get much, much less.
High schools with enrollment under 800 are supposed to be funded with these staff positions:
High School Staffing for schools with less than 800 students (AAFTE)
Asst. Principal 1.0
Admin. Secretary (260) 1.0
Data Registrar (220) 1.0
Attendance Spec. (201) 1.0
Fiscal Specialist (220) 1.0
Activity Coordinator 1.0
Counselor* (per 400 students) 1.0
Academic Intervention Specs 1.0
These schools, however, are not allotted these staff positions. These schools are singled out to be intentionally underfunded.
You might think it is because they are small schools, but Rainier Beach High School has an October 1 enrollment of 407, which isn't qualitatively different from the October 1 enrollment for The NOVA Project, which is 340. The Center School has 285, South Lake has 127, and the World School has 187.
These schools don't have operational needs that are much different from other high schools. Visit them and you will see a principal in the office and teachers in classrooms with students. Through the day the students move from class to class. They look and work just like regular high schools. They have the same funding needs and they should be funded equitably.