Planning Services
Student Assignment Methodology

The guidelines described earlier served as the foundation for building the "new" student assignment plan. As such, the development of the elementary boundaries served as the building blocks for developing middle and high school boundaries. The development of these boundaries resulted in each elementary school boundary feeding into middle schools and into a high school. School boundaries were developed using natural boundaries, such as, major streets and roadways, railroad tracks, creeks, where possible. Generally, we used major and minor arteries as dividing lines for boundaries.

The current geographic student data was used to represent the population that is currently being served by the district (as of the 20th day of the 2016-17 school year). The student data file was geocoded to determine where students live within the district. Based upon where students live, magnet recommendations, exceptional children requirements, and pre-kindergarten programs, we were able to develop boundaries that would accommodate the school population. This plan assumes that magnet students will remain in the magnet program currently serving their educational interests.

The Building Services Department analyzes each school facility to determine the actual number of classrooms and mobile units at each school. Based upon this data and estimated completion dates of new classrooms to be in place for the current school year, we were able to identify the capacity of each school building.

Based upon this methodology, we are able to provide the parents and children we serve a:

  • K-12 feeder system;
  • non-magnet opportunities;
  • stability;
  • guaranteed school assignment; and
  • diversity through choice.