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Friday, January 30, 2009

FYI For Summit Upper Level Students

So I did figure out something (and who knows, maybe this was very apparent to others but I did check with Tracy Libros in Enrollment), that the Summit 8,9,10th graders (now) will get a pretty good bump into whatever comprehensive high school they want.

The reason is that Maier's amendment says for any over enrolled school that they apply for (after they receive their letters of assignment and if they reject the assignment), the first 2 tiebreakers (sibling, then reference/region) apply and THEN the priority placement they get from being displaced.

Well, there is no reference/region for high school; the whole city is the region. So for those Summit students, after the siblings get in, they are next in line. And since there is no school that will fill its entire freshman class on siblings that means they pretty much get whatever they want. That means Roosevelt, Ballard or Garfield.

For people who wanted an alternative experience, it's not much but it does allow them a lot of choice.

9 comments:

Beth Bakeman said...

I must be missing something obvious, but why not Summit 11th graders, Mel?

Melissa Westbrook said...

I did get mixed up there because I did put in th 8th graders of today and forgot the 11th graders (obviously the 12th graders are graduating).

Jet City mom said...

Well, there is no reference/region for high school; the whole city is the region. So for those Summit students, after the siblings get in, they are next in line. And since there is no school that will fill its entire freshman class on siblings that means they pretty much get whatever they want. That means Roosevelt, Ballard or Garfield.

For people who wanted an alternative experience, it's not much but it does allow them a lot of choice.



tie breakers of distance don't apply for high school?

Quoting an October post of Charlie's ( 28th),
By the way, about 360 of the 1484 students who live closer to Garfield than any other comprehensive high school attend an alternative program. That's 24% of them.

Im wondering what the 360 students who live within distance to Garfield will do, if their alternative is not available.

I;m also wondering- if allowing students who have been bumped from their previous buildings/programs, who are given a small advantage of being assigned a choice, before the general lottery , includes for example the 83 students who had an IEP at Summit K-12.

( somehow I think I already know the answer)

Beth Bakeman said...

emeraldkity, the answer to your question is, I believe, "yes."

Here's the language directly from the amendment:

"A. Which students would be eligible for this priority? Students reassigned to a different school for next year due to Board action on the capacity management recommendations, specifically:
• T.T. Minor (K-4th grade students eligible, priority for any school requested)
• African American Academy (K-7th grade students eligible, priority for any school requested)
• Cooper (K-4th grade students eligible, priority for any school requested)
• Meany (6th -7th grade students eligible, priority for any school requested)
• Summit K-12 (K-11th grade students eligible, priority for any school requested)

Is there some reason I'm missing why you think the Summit K-12 students with IEP's wouldn't be included?

Beth Bakeman said...

Also, distance is a tie breaker for high schools, but it comes after region. And, for students displaced by closures, the priority enrollment will come after region and before distance.

Charlie Mas said...

Most of those 24% at alternative schools are at the safety net alternatives, not NOVA, Summit, or the Center School.

Dorothy Neville said...

This would also apply to other rising 9th graders? From Meany and does AAA have rising 9th graders? Not just the Summit kids?

Dorothy Neville said...

I just reread Beth's quote of the wording and it seems that kids who would have experienced normal transition are not included. Hmmm.

Melissa Westbrook said...

Right, Dorothy. Because those Meany and AAA kids (current 8th graders) would be changing schools anyway and they do not get the priority. Summit secondary kids get because the assumption would be they would have stayed at Summit, Summit is being closed and therefore, they get priority.