Redistricting Criteria

  • Overarching Goal: Enable students to attend their neighborhood school with equitable access to instructional programs and services, a cost effective manner, unless there is a demonstrated need or desire to attend a designated citywide program.

    • Instructional Capacity: Number of students assigned to a school takes into account the number of classrooms and resource rooms needed for art, music, labs, ELL, special education and Talented and Gifted.
    • Student Safety: Promote safe walk zones-routes to school.
    • Transportation: Minimize need for bus transportation or travel time.
    • Enrollment Capacity: Student enrollment provides room for future growth.
    • Class Size: Adhere to and accommodate ACPS policy on class size requirements at different grade levels.
    • Distribution of special programs: Consider balance and access to districtwide programs (special education; pre-k).
    • Previous Rezoning: Minimize need for more than one boundary change in the elementary life of a student.
    • Program Continuity: Minimize school assignment change for students who have spent the majority of their elementary experience in the school.
    • Sensible and Fair Boundary Lines: Consider the proximity to the school, and to extent possible, look for natural points to define boundaries.
    • Diversity: Consider rich diversity of school division.

    Additionally, the School Board is open to considering options that allow for school assignment based on enrollment choice versus boundary as a driver-modified open enrollment (to be explored as a possible model with advisement from external third party consultant).