The draft transition plan for the second year of Seattle Public Schools‘ new Student Assignment Plan comes before the School Board tonight. (If you’re not attending, you can watch it live right now on cable channel 26.) Reviewing the draft plan today, we noticed it does not include a possible change previously discussed to address West Seattle’s challenges – possible “dual feeder” schools to balance out the two major public high schools’ populations. We checked with West Seattle’s school board rep Steve Sundquist, who confirmed that’s not currently under consideration. We asked him about his view of key points of interest for West Seattle families – read on:
On a major matter of interest, Sundquist says: “The capacity issues at the elementary schools in the northern part of West Seattle (Alki, Lafayette, Schmitz Park, and Gatewood) will be analyzed as part of the upcoming capacity review (over the next few weeks).”
Also in north West Seattle, he notes this: “The district has committed to increasing levels of academic rigor at West Seattle High School and Madison Middle School. The precise meaning of that is still being worked out, but will probably include more AP classes at WSHS and perhaps more science, and at Madison, the growth of the Spectrum program introduced there this year. I mention this because it will likely affect the enrollment choices families make under the Assignment Plan.”
Though there’s no plan for the “dual feeders” mentioned earlier, Sundquist does point this out, regarding some possible changes in who goes where: “One thing not yet visible is that students in the Dual Language program at Concord ES will have an automatic pathway on to Denny MS and Chief Sealth HS if they stay in the dual language program at MS and HS. It’s not visible yet because the oldest students in that program at Concord are only at 3rd grade, I believe. I plan to offer two amendments later this week that I will try to get passed on January 19. One will offer current students at Denny an automatic path to Chief Sealth if they wish to follow it, and similar treatment for students at Madison to West Seattle HS. The other is a choice tie-breaker to advantage West Seattle/South Park students in competing for out-of-attendance area slots at Denny, Madison, Chief Sealth, and West Seattle HS.”
There have been some transportation concerns, and Sundquist told us a change may be on the horizon when the board sees the proposed transportation plan on January 19th: “There has been discussion of a new yellow bus service running north/south in West Seattle (perhaps up California Ave SW?) to better serve Madison MS students. I expect to see that in the upcoming transportation service standard (two weeks away).”
Again, the draft transportation plan – which is being introduced tonight, and will come up for a final vote at a future meeting – can be read here.