It seems that the Seattle Public Schools in the north end of Seattle has had its share of capacity issues — including here in Wallingford where John Stanford International School has had its boundaries resized twice since the New Student Assignment Plan.
Now a capacity issue looms large over the middle schools in the north end — particularly with the influx of kids planning to attend sixth grade in the fall (2013-14 school year). Back in December, the School Board looked at projected enrollment numbers for next year and found that it was critical to devise a short-term capacity plan to accomodate all of the middle schoolers in the north end, including students who plan to attend Hamilton International Middle School here in Wallingford. The School Board has come up with various, short-term capacity management options including the following two that directly affect Hamilton-bound students:
- Moving around boundaries so that kids from Laurelhurst Elementary will attend Eckstein instead of Hamilton
- Creating a sixth grade academy in the John Marshall building (on Ravenna Blvd in Green Lake) for incoming sixth graders assigned to Hamilton and Eckstein
If you’d like to review the School Board’s spreadsheet with all of the options being considered, you can find it here. The School Board will vote on these options on January 23. Keep in mind, though, nothing has been set in motion and the School Board has not yet decided whether or not they will make any sort of changes in the 2013-14 year. I suspect all will be revealed after the vote on January 23. If you’d like to read an additional perspective on the issue, you can read this post from the Seattle Schools Community Forum.
Meantime, parents can attend a meeting tomorrow night (Thursday, January 17) to learn more about these options. Hamilton International Middle School has posted the following information on their home page:
These alternatives include the development of a Sixth Grade Academy at the John Marshall building, where all incoming Hamilton and Eckstein sixth graders would attend the Academy for one year before transitioning to their respective middle schools for seventh and eighth grade. We understand that the Academy option has gained traction and want to alert parents of an upcoming meeting (listed below) with School Board members where interested parents can be part of the conversations and express their views.
Thursday January 17, 6:30 p.m.
Featuring SPS Board Directors Harium Martin-Morris and Sherry Carr, and SPS Assistant Superintendent of Operations Pegi McEvoy.
The School Board will vote on January 23. For official updates please refer to the SPS Capacity Planning & Management page.