Location Review–Suspended

MAY 17, 2018 UPDATE: During his announcements at the start of the May 17, 2018 School Board meeting, Dr. Murphy announced that, in consultation with School Board members, he has recommended suspending previously discussed plans to consider moving any of the elementary neighborhood or option school locations in the fall of 2019. Instead, this fall staff will focus on engaging the community to develop recommendations for proposed elementary school boundary adjustments that are needed as APS prepares to open the new Alice W. Fleet Elementary School, the Montessori program at the Henry site, and Drew Model School as a full neighborhood school in the Fall of 2019. The boundary adjustments for 2019 will be based on all elementary schools remaining at their current locations.The Superintendent added that APS may need to revisit the option of adjusting some elementary neighborhood and option school locations in the future when APS begins the community process to adjust boundaries and create a new attendance zone for the new elementary school at Reed that will open in September 2021.

Please Note: The May 30 community meeting regarding the school location analysis has been canceled.

April 30 Update

As part of the Elementary Planning Initiative, APS staff will develop recommendations for the placement of neighborhood and option school sites. Staff will present two proposals, one that leaves elementary schools in their current locations. The other could result in changing the location of some option and neighborhood schools, while maintaining the same number of elementary option and neighborhood schools. This process will not identify which option programs should be located at specific sites.

At the January 23rd  work session the School Board directed staff to develop two proposals to create attendance zones for elementary schools planned through 2021:

  • One Proposal: Recommend strategic placement of option and neighborhood schools, and adjust boundaries to include new schools.
  • Second Proposal: Keep option schools at current sites and adjust boundaries to include the new schools.

Note: Due to recent School Board decisions, Fleet, Drew, and Reed will remain neighborhood schools and, after the Montessori program moves to Henry, it will remain an option school.

April 30 Elementary School Location Analysis

April 12 Draft Analysis



  • April 12 – School Board Work Session
  • April 12 – Staff will post analysis
  • April 16-21 – Community Input
    • Attend a Staff Office Hour session (Spanish-speaking staff available)
      • Monday, April 16: 7-8:30 p.m. in Wakefield H.S. cafeteria
      • Friday, April 20: 7:30-9 a.m. at the Education Center, Room 101
      • Saturday, April 21: 9:30-11 a.m. in Kenmore M.S. cafeteria
  • April 30 – Staff will update the initial draft analysis on neighborhood and option school sites.
  • Week of May 7 – Online questionnaire on draft analysis for school locations.
  • May 9 – Community Meeting, Syphax Education Center 2110 Washington Blvd. Room 256-258 , 7 p.m.
  • May-June – Staff will update the School Board.
  • Fall 2018 – In Phase 2, staff will present draft recommendations on neighborhood and option school locations along with potential boundaries.
  • November 2018 – School Board will take action on proposals for school location recommendations and boundaries.
  • By June 2019 – If the School Board decides that any schools will move to a new location, then the Department of Teaching and Learning will lead a collaborative effort within APS that uses the 2018-24 Strategic Plan, national option school standards, and other considerations to recommend placing specific schools at identified sites.
  • September 2019 – Fleet Elementary opens for 2019-20 school year, and Drew opens as full neighborhood elementary school. New elementary boundaries go into effect.
  • Summers 2020; 2021 – If any elementary schools will move to a new location, these moves will take place during the summers of 2020 and 2021.
  • Fall 2020 – Staff will review enrollment projections for the following year and make any adjustments necessary to elementary boundaries for the 2021-22 school year.
  • September 2021 – New elementary school opens at Reed site

Draft Considerations for Development of School Board Recommendations

Input from Location Review Questionnaire (Excel format, be sure to scroll to the right to read all input)

Walk Zone maps used for Location Review