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Phasing Out of 6th - 8th Grades at Raleigh Hills and Springville

Posted Friday, December 6, 2019

Raleigh Hills K-8 Families,

The District has received requests for additional information regarding the decision to discontinue the middle school option program at Raleigh Hills K-8. We have updated this webpage with an additional FAQ providing more in-depth information regarding the rationale behind the decision.

Familias de la escuela Raleigh Hills K-8,

El Distrito ha recibido solicitudes para que proporcionemos información adicional con respecto a la decisión de descontinuar el programa de opciones de escuela secundaria en la escuela Raleigh Hills K-8. Nosotros hemos actualizado el sitio web del mensaje sobre Raleigh Hills K-8 con preguntas frecuentes adicionales que brindan información más detallada sobre los motivos de la decisión.

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FAQ Posted December 6, 2019

When did Raleigh Hills become a K-8 school again?

In 2006, under the leadership of Principal Colleen Miller, the 6-8 options program was added to the existing K-5 school. Then under the leadership of Principal John Peplinski, in the Fall 2010, the school started a technology focus, including a 1:1 device ratio and funding for a technology teacher. This targeted funding, the technology teacher, was reduced in the 2019-2020 budget. Thanks to passage of the 2014 Capital Bond Measure, all secondary schools received 1:1 devices.

What is the Common Middle School Experience?

The District is working on a common comprehensive middle school experience, which would include more consistent course offerings for students in 2020-21. Comprehensive middle schools also offer more counseling services and support for transition to high school and post-secondary success.

In the fall of 2019, the BSD School Board charged the district with developing a common middle school experience with six specific objectives in mind.

1. A common middle school experience

All middle schools will adopt the same schedule and course offerings. The length of core and elective subject area class periods will match from school to school. Any future changes to the schedule or course offerings will be adopted at a district level.

2. Developmentally appropriate class length

Class length will not be excessively long or short to prevent ineffective use of school time.

3. Meet PE requirements

The common middle school schedule will be in alignment with legally required PE minutes.

4. Student Choice

All students will have the opportunity to take at least two electives of their choosing in addition to PE.

5. Quality electives

All students will have the opportunity to engage in at least one, year-long elective course that meets daily. This includes daily world language, theatre, visual arts, band, choir and technology.

6. Equitable access

Students receiving intervention, ELD, SPED, AVID, or other services will also be able to take PE and at least one other daily, year-round elective of their choice.

The district has an internal working group that has been working on the proposal and is scheduled to complete its work by the end of 2019. The final proposal will be reviewed by the District Cabinet with a final decision by the Superintendent in the spring of 2020 for implementation in September of 2020.

What is the recent history of enrollment in the 6-8 options program at RHK8?

School Year 15/16
6th Grade


October 1: 61
May 15: 59

School Year 15/16
7th Grade


October 1: 60
May 15: 60

School Year 15/16
8th Grade


October 1: 66
May 15: 65

School Year 15/16
Total 6-8 


October 1: 187
May 15: 184


 

School Year 16/17
6th Grade


October 1: 63
June 1: 63

School Year 16/17
7th Grade


October 1: 57
June 1: 55

School Year 16/17
8th Grade


October 1: 60
June 1: 58

School Year 16/17
Total 6-8 


October 1: 180
June 1: 176


 

School Year 17/18
6th Grade


October 1: 61
June 1: 52

School Year 17/18
7th Grade


October 1: 55
June 1: 53

School Year 17/18
8th Grade


October 1: 51
June 1: 51

School Year 17/18
Total 6-8 


October 1: 167
June 1: 156


 

School Year 18/19
6th Grade


October 1: 62
June 1: 60

School Year 18/19
7th Grade


October 1: 53
June 1: 53

School Year 18/19
8th Grade


October 1: 45
June 1: 43

School Year 18/19
Total 6-8 


October 1: 160
June 1: 156


 

School Year 19/20
6th Grade


October 1: 61
June 1: 

School Year 19/20
7th Grade


October 1: 56
June 1: 

School Year 19/20
8th Grade


October 1: 46
June 1: 

School Year 19/20
Total 6-8 


October 1: 163
June 1: 

What happens with the $12 million from the 2014 Bond that was earmarked for RHK8?

The 2014 Capital Construction Bond project for Raleigh Hills K-8 included building additions to eliminate portables, renovations, and improvements to vehicle circulation across the site. It became apparent that further investments would need to be made in the aging facility within the next 5-10 years that are not currently budgeted. In consideration of these future renovation costs, and the constraints of the existing facility, construction of a new, state-of-the-art school in a future  bond in lieu of the current project offers many advantages.

The School Board will make construction of a new school at Raleigh Hills a high priority for consideration in the next bond. The 2014 Bond funds currently available for the Raleigh Hills Addition Project will be held and utilized at Raleigh Hills if a subsequent bond does not pass in the next few years. 

Is there a process that has to be followed for closing a school?

This is not a stand-alone school closure. The district is discontinuing an option program within a school, not closing a school.

How does discontinuing the program at RHK8 impact the budget?

Moving the 6-8 grade students from Raleigh Hills to Whitford would save the district $233,300 based on last year’s projections and costs. Please see the chart below.

Chart of savings calculation

What is the student achievement data for RHK8?

2015/2016
English Language Arts, Grade 3


41.8%

2016/2017
English Language Arts, Grade 3


67.1%

2017/2018
English Language Arts, Grade 3


77.6%

2018/2019
English Language Arts, Grade 3


60.8%

2015/2016
Math, Grade 3


41.8%

2016/2017
Math, Grade 3


70.6%

2017/2018
Math, Grade 3


77.6%

2018/2019
Math, Grade 3


60.8%

2015/2016
English Language Arts, Grade 5


62.5%

2016/2017
English Language Arts, Grade 5


58.7%

2017/2018
English Language Arts, Grade 5


55.6%

2018/2019
English Language Arts, Grade 5


66.2%

2017/2018
Math, Grade 5


50.0%

2016/2017
Math, Grade 5


56.0%

2018/2019
Math, Grade 5


53.8%

2015/2016
Math, Grade 5


48.2%

2015/2016
OAKS Science, Grade 5


64.3%

2016/2017
OAKS Science, Grade 5


56.0%

2017/2018
OAKS Science, Grade 5


50.0%

2015/2016
English Language Arts, Grade 8


85.7%

2016/2017
English Language Arts, Grade 8


55.4%

2017/2018
English Language Arts, Grade 8


72.5%

2018/2019
English Language Arts, Grade 8


67.4%

2015/2016
Math, Grade 8


83.3%

2016/2017
Math, Grade 8


44.7%

2017/2018
Math, Grade 8


62.7%

2018/2019
Math, Grade 8


53.5%

2016/2017
Explore/Aspire Science, Grade 8


51.7%

2015/2016
Explore/Aspire Science, Grade 8


51.6%

Initial Family Message from October 8, 2019

English

Dear Raleigh Hills and Springville Families,

The District has been evaluating the best way to provide a common middle school experience for all of our students. With this in mind, the District will transition Raleigh Hills and Springville from a K-8 model to a K-5 model.

We recognize that many families are deeply attached to the K-8 model and will need some time to process this information. We understand that this decision will affect many families and we are developing plans for the transition to support our families and our students.

In making this decision, we took into account the history of our K-8 program, research on the K-8 model, staffing, facilities and budget. For example, at Springville, we are out of classroom space. But the most important factor is the ability to provide the best comprehensive education for our middle school students.

K-8 schools are currently staffed and supervised in the elementary school model, meaning the curricular programs are based on elementary core requirements, rather than middle school requirements. The District is working on a common comprehensive middle school experience, which would include more consistent course offerings for students in 2020-21. Comprehensive middle schools also offer more counseling services and support for transition to high school and post-secondary success. This level of support is something that we cannot provide in the K-8 model due to staffing and budget. In addition, the ability to schedule special education and English language learner services is more complex at K-8 schools with nine grade levels, as opposed to three grade levels at middle schools.

Timeline and Transition

This year, the options application window opens on October 14 and closes on December 6. During that period, we will be accepting applications for students to attend 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at Raleigh Hills and Springville for the 2020-21 school year.

In 2020-21, we will only be accepting applications for 7th and 8th grades to attend Raleigh Hills and Springville during the 2021-22 school year. This means there will be no 6th grades at Raleigh Hills and Springville in 2021-22.

In 2021-22, we will only be accepting applications for 8th grade to attend Raleigh Hills and Springville during the 2022-23 school year. This means there will be no 6th or 7th grades in 2022-23.

Raleigh Hills and Springville will complete the transition and open the 2023-24 school year as K-5 schools.

  • Application Year: 2019-20 · Grades Applying: 6th, 7th, 8th · Attendance Year: 2020-21
  • Application Year: 2020-21 · Grades Applying: 7th, 8th · Attendance Year: 2021-22
  • Application Year: 2021-22 · Grades Applying: 8th · Attendance Year: 2022-23
  • Application Year: 2022-23 · Grades Applying: No applications accepted · Attendance Year: 2023-24

This will leave one K-8 school in the Beaverton School District, Aloha-Huber Park (AHP) K-8, which is currently a dual-language program and does not accept applications from students outside the AHP boundary. AHP will remain as a K-8 while the District evaluates options for ensuring those students will be able to continue their dual-language pathway into middle school.

We understand that you will have questions about this decision and transition. We want to make it clear that this decision is part of a larger, district-wide picture regarding comprehensive middle schools. We encourage you to reach out to your current K-8 principals. 

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Ginny Hansmann, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching & Learning
Jennifer DeMartino, Principal, Raleigh Hills K-8
Robin Kobrowski, Principal, Springville K-8

Español

Estimadas familias de las escuelas Springville y Raleigh Hills,

El Distrito ha estado evaluando la mejor manera de proporcionar una experiencia común para todos nuestros estudiantes de las escuelas secundarias. Con esto en mente, el Distrito hará la transición de Springville y Raleigh Hills de un modelo K-8 a un modelo K-5.

Reconocemos que muchas familias están profundamente apegadas al modelo K-8 y necesitarán algo de tiempo para procesar esta información. Entendemos que esta decisión afectará a muchas personas y por eso estamos desarrollando planes de transición para poder apoyar a nuestras familias y estudiantes.

Al tomar esta decisión, tomamos en cuenta la historia de nuestro programa K-8, la investigación sobre el modelo K-8, la asignación del personal, las instalaciones, como también el presupuesto. Por ejemplo, en la escuela Springville, ya no tenemos espacio en nuestros salones. Pero el factor más importante es la habilidad de proporcionar la mejor educación integral para nuestros estudiantes de secundaria.

Las escuelas K-8 cuentan actualmente con personal y supervisión basado en el modelo de escuelas primarias, lo que significa que los programas curriculares de éstas se basan en los requisitos básicos de una escuela primaria, en lugar de los requisitos de una escuela secundaria. El Distrito está trabajando en proporcionar una experiencia común a nivel de escuela secundaria, que incluiría cursos más consistentes para los estudiantes en el año escolar 2020-21. Las escuelas secundarias integrales también ofrecen más servicios de asesoramiento y apoyo para la transición a la escuela preparatoria y al éxito de los estudios superiores de los estudiantes. Este nivel de apoyo es algo que no podemos proporcionar en el modelo K-8 debido a la asignación de personal y al presupuesto. Además, la habilidad de programar servicios de educación especial y de aprendizaje del idioma inglés es más compleja en las escuelas K-8 con nueve grados académicos, en comparación con tres grados en las escuelas secundarias.

Fechas importantes y periodos de transición

Este año, el periodo de solicitudes empieza el 14 de octubre y termina el 6 de diciembre. Durante este, aceptaremos solicitudes para estudiantes que asistan al 6º, 7º  y 8º  grado en las escuelas Springville y Raleigh Hills para el año escolar 2020-21.

En 2020-21, solo aceptaremos solicitudes para los grados 7º  y 8º  para asistir a Springville y a Raleigh Hills durante el año escolar 2021-22. Esto significa que no habrá 6º grado en Springville y en Raleigh Hills en el 2021-22.

En el 2021-22, solo aceptaremos solicitudes para el 8º  grado para asistir a Springville y a Raleigh Hills durante el año escolar 2022-23. Esto significa que no habrá 6º  o 7º  grado en el 2022-23.

Las escuelas Springville y Raleigh Hills completarán la transición y abrirán el año escolar 2023-24 como escuelas K-5.

  • Año de Solicitud: 2019-20 · Grados: 6o, 7o, 8º  · Año de Asistencia: 2020-21
  • Año de Solicitud: 2020-21 · Grados: 7o y 8º · Año de Asistencia: 2021-22
  • Año de Solicitud: 2021-22 · Grados: 8º · Año de Asistencia: 2022-23
  • Año de Solicitud: 2022-23 · Grados: No se aceptarán solicitudes para 6o, 7o u 8º grado · Año de Asistencia: 2023-24

Después de este proceso la única escuela en el Distrito Escolar de Beaverton con grados K-8 será Aloha-Huber Park la cual actualmente es una escuela con un programa de lenguaje dual y no acepta solicitudes de estudiantes fuera de su límite de asistencia. Esta escuela permanecerá como K-8 mientras que el Distrito evalúa las opciones para garantizar que esos estudiantes puedan continuar su enseñanza de lenguaje dual en la escuela secundaria.

Entendemos que usted tendrá preguntas sobre esta decisión y transición. Queremos dejar en claro que esta decisión es parte de una imagen más amplia en todo el distrito con respecto a las escuelas secundarias integrales. Lo animamos a que se comunique con los directores actuales de sus escuelas K-8. También hemos establecido una página en los sitios web de Springville y Raleigh Hills donde adjuntamos esta carta como también una sección de preguntas frecuentes.

Gracias por su comprensión y apoyo.

Ginny Hansmann, Vice Superintendente de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje
Jennifer DeMartino, Directora de Raleigh Hills K-8
Robin Kobrowski, Directora de Springville K-8

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What led to the decision?

  • The need to provide a common middle school experience
  • Staffing
  • Facilities
  • Budget

Who made the decision?

The decision was made by the Superintendent and District Office leadership, with input from building principals.

Is this decision final?

Yes, the decision is final.

What does this mean for my current 6th grader?

Your current 6th grader will be able to remain at their K-8 school through 8th grade.

What does this mean for my current 7th grader?

Your current 7th grader will be able to remain at their K-8 school through 8th grade.

What does this mean for my current 8th grader?

Your current 8th grader will be able to remain at their K-8 school through 8th grade.

What about Aloha-Huber Park K-8?

Aloha-Huber Park (AHP) K-8 is currently a dual-language program and does not accept applications from students outside the AHP boundary. AHP will remain as a K-8 while the District evaluates options for ensuring those students will be able to continue their dual-language pathway into middle school.

My questions aren't answered here. Where can I go to ask additional questions?

We encourage you to reach out to your building principal.