Friday, June 13, 2014

Proposed School Border Changes in Southwest


The proposed new school boundaries recommended by the DC Advisory Committee on Student Assignment to the Deputy Mayor of Education have an impact on children throughout the city, including those in Southwest. The Advisory Committee based its proposal on the following principles: 
  • Predictable public school pathways for families. 
  • High quality schools of right in every neighborhood. 
  • Access to public school choices other than assigned schools. 
  • Walkable and safely accessible DCPS elementary schools. 
  • Diversity in student enrollment. 
  • Coherent and efficient citywide public school infrastructure. 
Most of the changes in Southwest have occurred in the elementary and high school levels. With the scheduled opening of Van Ness Elementary school in Near SE/Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard and since Amidon-Bowen is nearing capacity, the new boundary for Amidon-Bowen has shifted west to South Capitol Street. Students will continue to attend Jefferson Academy, but will now have to attend Eastern High School in Hill East instead of Wilson. 

The proposal can be found here and a map of boundaries city-wide can be found on The Washington Post (be wary of the borders shown in the WaPo…they aren’t completely accurate). Feedback on the proposal will be accepted until July 21 by either filling out a form, sending an email, or calling 202-478-5738. These changes, if approved, will begin to go into effect in the 2015-16 school year.

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