D-11 students returning to school Aug. 17
District 11 schools will reopen Wednesday, Aug. 17, with more than 4,000 students on the Westside in grades K-12.
No major changes are afoot, either in the buildings or in grade-level offerings - other than Buena Vista Elementary offering classes for Montessori-experienced sixth-graders.
To varying degrees, all of the schools will have an early non-curricular impact - the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 22, when many Westside roads will be closed because of the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge, creating a “challenge” for picking up kids from school and getting them home. Details are provided in the story on the back page, with more to come next week, if changes or new information are provided from race organizers
Here are information capsules on each Westside school (principals in parentheses):
With the relocation of D-11's Records Management Department after the 2010-11 school year, the K-8 charter school now has the entire 28,000-square-foot building to itself, allowing the addition of four classrooms. However, a waiting list still exists for all grade levels except seventh and eighth.
The school, which focuses on gifted students but is open to anyone, started last year with an enrollment of just under 160 students.
Current enrollment: 231.
The phone is 434-6566.
The school has a special focus on the arts.
Current enrollment: 220.
Waiting lists exist for all grade levels except the Lower Primary (ages 3 to 5) class, which at press time had two openings for 3-year-olds; and the sixth grade.
The school received permission from the D-11 school board last spring to start offering sixth grade, in keeping with the Montessori educational approach.
Current enrollment (for ages 3 and up): 228.
The phone is 328-4100.
Hawes, the new principal, replaces Gail Smartt, who became an assistant principal at another D-11 school as part of a retirement transition. Hawes is a first-time principal who had most recently been an assistant principal for three years in Harrison School District 2.
Current enrollment: 287.
The phone is 328-4200.
A first-time principal, Miller replaces Anne Dancy, who had headed Jackson for 23 years before retiring from District 11 after 2010-11. Most recently, Miller was the assistant principal and “turnaround coach” (for students with learning issues) at Monroe Elementary in D-11.
Current enrollment: 295.
The phone is 328-5800.
Midland is a certified International Baccalaureate (IB) school.
Current enrollment: 180.
The phone is 328-4500.
The school has changed its end times. After last year's half-hour longer schedule (funded with stimulus money, which is no longer available), West will end school this year at 3 p.m. But the 8:30 a.m. starting time will continue. Because the middle school starts near that time (8:45 a.m.), before-schoolday opportunities will exist for teachers from his school and co-building-user West Middle School to get together on any overlapping educational issues, according to Martinez.
Current enrollment: 332.
The phone is 328-4900.
Current enrollment: 740.
The phone is 328-3800.
Current enrollment: 283.
The phone is 328-3900.
An open house will be Thursday, Aug. 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Current enrollment: 1,454.
An all-choice school for students who want more freedom in their high school experience, Bijou aims at an enrollment limit of 135. Openings still existed at press time.
Current enrollment: Not available.
The phone is 328-7900.
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