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ACPS School Boundary Redistricting

In June 2023, the Alexandria City School Board took steps to initiate a division-wide redistricting process by conducting a boundary analysis in accordance with ACPS policy JCE. According to policy JCE, ACPS will  conduct a boundary analysis every five years or with the opening of a new school. ACPS’ last redistricting process was in 2018 and the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School opened in the Fall of 2023. The summary of findings of the boundary analysis assisted the School Board with voting to go through the redistricting process. The Board subsequently retired Policy JCE to prepare for an updated version supporting the planned redistricting. The retired policy is available on Electronic School Board.

The findings of the boundary analysis revealed the following: 

  • More ACPS schools currently have live-in utilizations outside of the ideal range which will continue to exacerbate class-size discrepancies and increase capacity reassignments. 
  • ACPS has to be proactive in planning for future development across the City of Alexandria in boundaries that are already over capacity.
  • Modernization of new schools will create capacity and ACPS should optimize this use. 
  • Demographic discrepancies exist in some schools that deviate from the division-wide demographics.  

Goals

  • ACPS students are able to attend their neighborhood school or return to their neighborhood school if they have been capacity reassigned. 
  • Balance enrollment amongst all elementary and middle schools.
  • Reduce the time students are spending on the school bus traveling to and from school.

 

ACPS Capacity Reassignment

First page of the PDF file: ACPSCapacityReassignment

Report to ACPS School Board

First page of the PDF file: Presentation_Fall_Memb_Transfer_Ratio_SY23-24

ACPS Redistricting Process and Timeline

First page of the PDF file: redistricting_process

Timeline

Time Activity

December 2023

First redistricting meeting

January 2024 - July 2024 (6 months)

Select vendor through RFP to support scope of work

August 2024 - May 2025 (9 months)

Develop options, gather community feedback and stakeholder input

June 2025 - December 2025 (6 months)

Recommendations for School Board vote

January 2026 - July 2026 (6 months)

Families notified of impact on their student

August 2026 - June 2027 

New school boundaries for implementation during the 2026-27 school year

Meetings

Policies & Clusters

In June 2023, the Alexandria City School Board took steps to initiate a division-wide redistricting process by conducting a boundary analysis in accordance with ACPS policy JCE. According to policy JCE, ACPS will  conduct a boundary analysis every five years or with the opening of a new school. ACPS’ last redistricting process was in 2018 and the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School opened in the Fall of 2023. The summary of findings of the boundary analysis assisted the School Board with voting to go through the redistricting process. 

Elementary&K-8 Capacity Reassignment Clusters

Cluster

School Name

Notes

A

Patrick Henry K-8 School

 

A

James K. Polk Elementary School

 

A

William Ramsay Elementary School

 

A

Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School

Modified Calendar School

B

Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School

 

B

John Adams Elementary School

Dual Language School

B

William Ramsay Elementary School

 

C

Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy

 

C

Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School

 

C

Naomi L. Brooks Elementary School

 

C

Douglas MacArthur Elementary School

 

D

Charles Barret Elementary School t

 

D

Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology

 

D

George Mason Elementary School

 

D

Mount Vernon Community School

Dual Language School

Clusters were developed for the following reasons:

  • To help reduce/eliminate cross-city capacity reassignments
    • This past practice significantly increased the amount time capacity-transferred students spent on the bus, impacting their overall transportation and day-to-day educational experiences
  • To be more efficient with transportation routing
    • Efficient routing reduces carbon emissions/footprint, saves on fuel costs and complements current transportation staffing
  • This is in alignment with the glossary definition of “Clusters/Capacity Reassignment Cluster noted within School Board RegulationJC-R/JCD-R