More Enrollment Info

I was trying to send the early enrollment numbers to a member of the press and accidentally stumbled onto this document (which I now can't find the link for). So I'll print it in its entirety.

"The attached draft provides the first analysis of Open Enrollment data. It gives a picture of where things stand now for each school, and what we expect enrollment to look like on October 1. Note that this is “head count” information, not the AAFTE that is used for WSS funding allocations. Information for “Service Schools” (such as Interagency, Homeschool Resource, SBOC, etc.) is not included; it has limited value at this time of year since students are assigned individually throughout the year. Students do not apply for these schools through the Open Enrollment process. The attached report will be posted on the enrollment website on Monday.

Here’s how to read the reports. Remember that this is only part of the picture at a particular point in time. (There may be a few instances where a student is wait listed but choice seats are showing as available, or where physical capacity is available but no choice seats are showing as available. These will be addressed or adjusted as appropriate.)

Column 3: Projections – October 1st Hdct (Funded)
The number of students expected to be enrolled on October 1.

Column 4: Projections – Target Enrollment
The number of students that can be assigned now to meet the projected October 1 headcount. The target enrollment is usually less than the October 1 headcount projection, because it does not include seats held for new attendance area students anticipated to enroll between now and October 1.

Column 5: Assignments – Assigned Total
The number of students assigned; more students are assigned than are expected.

Column 6: Assignments – Estimate to Show
Of the students assigned (column 5), we expect this many students (column 6) to actually be enrolled on October 1.

Column 7: Wait List Count
The number of students on the waiting list by grade and program.

Column 8: Choice Seats Available
The number of additional students who can be assigned. Right now, this is the number of seats available in addition to new attendance area students. The number will be adjusted periodically to reflect the number of new assignments for attendance areaand (if applicable) non‐attendance area students who are assigned.

There are some schools where enrollment is now expected to be higher than originally projected due to one or more of the following reasons:

∙Higher than anticipated enrollment of attendance area students.

∙An increase in 9th grade seats at attendance area schools relative to buildings’ functional capacity.

∙ Assignment of additional K students to try to accommodate incoming K siblings to the extent feasible. As you know, the approved Transition Plan for the New Student Assignment Plan included a commitment to accommodate as many incoming K siblings as possible, and this is reflected in the numbers of students assigned.

We are working on additional analyses that we hope to have available in another week or so. These will include:

∙ District‐wide look to see if the Open Enrollment data suggests any trends that are different from the original projections
done last fall.

∙ Information on assignments for Open Choice seats at attendance area high schools.

∙Information on the extent to which incoming K siblings have been accommodated at requested schools. (We will continue to work with schools that have K siblings on their waiting list to determine where we can further accommodate those students to the extent feasible.) "


Anonymous said…
I hope this means that there will not be any layoff of teachers given the fact that enrollment is up.

There is something that I would like to add here that does not pertain to enrollment but is about the education of our students and opportunities that are available to them.

I belong to an organization called CREW,, which is made up of women in real estate and construction and includes related fields such as banking and engineering.

Part of my involvement with CREW is the Community Outreach Committee. One of my favorite past community projects is Rebuilding Together Seattle,, which I project managed for two years. The other event that we sponsor is the CREW Careers' Day when we invite young women in high school to participate in a day long program where they have the opportunity to learn about the fields of architecture, construction, real estate development and financing. This year it will be on May 19th and will start at 9:00 AM and continue to 3:30 PM. There is no fee associated with this event.

This year the event will be held at the offices of Vulcan in the Lake Union neighborhood where we will have a tour of different properties in different phases of construction, one being the new site for Amazon. After lunch, there will be presentations by different professional women who will be able to provide information about what they do. There will be a construction manager, a broker, a developer, an engineer, an architect and someone in property management.

It's always an interesting day and I would suggest any girl in high school who has an interest in these fields or thinks that they might be interested in one of these areas of building construction and management to check it out.

I have volunteered to get the word out and find 10 students who would like to participate.

If you or someone you know would be interested in participating, please contact me. I will be glad to answer any questions about the day or about CREW.


Now back to your regularly scheduled program...
Beth Bakeman said…

There was layoff news in the Times today:

"Seattle school layoffs much less than in '09"
Anonymous said…
I saw that and made a comment about it as dorainseattle.
Sue said…
Hi Melissa-

The document you reference is on each sheet of the enrollment numbers for each school. Example - if you click Ballard High School to see enrollment numbers, the document you reference is the first page of the two page document. The second page has the actual numbers.
Ah, I knew there was something I was missing.
Michael said…
I hope their head-count here is better than what is was for the Native American Ed program where they over-reported the actual participants.
wsnorth said…
Has anyone decoded the meaning of the various columns on the enrollment documents? Using Ballard High as an example, what could this mean?

Per district data, its functional capacity is 1550 (388 per grade level).

Funded: 339 (roughly 20 to 30% less than years past)
Target: 366 (10% higher than funded, maybe 20% less than years past)
Assigned: 398 (slightly above functional capacity, OK, this makes sense)
Estimate: 363 (again, about 20% lower than years past, and below functional capacity)
Wait List: 38 (they could let almost all of these in and still be within "assigned" and only a little over "functional" capacity.

I'm no Meg Diaz, but this is insane. For the popular schools, none of the "funded" and "target" are even close.
Jellyfish said…
Could someone direct me to the actual numbers? Where is the document we're talking about here?
wsnorth said…

The functional capacity is on another document, but this is the main one I was wondering about. The Funded, Target, and Assigned are just so far off for so many schools.

At one meeting Dr. Libros did say more students are assigned than expected because some will go to other schools (option, private, other high schools, etc). But that one piece of indo doesn't help my explain much.
seattle said…
Wseanorth the districts functional capacity numbers make no sense. For instance they show Jane Addams at full with an enrollment of 419, when the building holds about 900 (some documents show it as high as 1100). What gives?
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