Frequently Asked Questions
Why are the current attendance areas changing in the 2020-21 school year?
Growth patterns within the district over the last nine years have led to a growing difference in the number of students at each of our middle schools. The student count difference between East and West is currently 427 students and projected at more than 400 into the future if attendance areas stay the same. West Middle School is more than 100 students over capacity. East Middle School is about 300 students below capacity. The difference in size of each school presents some challenges in the way our schools operate including: pressure on common areas, challenges in the teaming structure for teachers, and core staffing.
The current attendance areas for our middle schools (former junior highs) have been in place since the 2011-12 school year. The three elementary schools with the most students (Eagle Creek, Jackson & Sweeney) primarily feed into West Middle School. The two smaller elementary schools (Red Oak & Sun Path) primarily feed into East Middle School.
For reference, Red Oak and Sun Path were the two largest elementary schools when these attendance areas were originally drawn.
Will students who attend the same elementary school also attend the same middle school?
No. Students are assigned a middle school based on their address; not the elementary school attended.
Which middle school will open enrollment students attend?
The current practice of allowing open enrollments where there is capacity will be continued.
How do I know if I’ll be a walker or a bus rider in the 2020-21 school year?
Middle School students in grades 6-8 who live one mile or more from their assigned school are eligible for transportation.
How will the information be communicated to students, parents and the school communities?
On October 14, 2019, the Shakopee School Board voted to move forward with two attendance area scenarios. The scenarios are being shared with the public to receive input and feedback before the board makes a final decision in December or January. The district will use all its communication tools to give our school communities a chance to give feedback to the scenarios. Information is posted on our website and will be updated as we move forward in the process. Information tables will be at conferences at our elementary and middle schools. There are also two public input meetings scheduled:
- East Middle School (EMS): October 29, 2019 6pm-7pm, EMS Media Center
- West Middle School (WMS): November 7, 2019 6pm-7pm, WMS Media Center
How will staff be determined at each middle school?
The new attendance areas will cause changes in staff assignments. Some of the staff at West Middle School will be moving to East Middle School. As always, staffing is adjusted to reflect the number of students at each school. Staff will be notified of tentative assignments by spring break in March 2020.
What is the criteria/parameters for middle school attendance areas?
Draft scenarios and recommendations will be determined using the following criteria/parameters (not listed in a specific order):
- Walking distance
- Contiguous as much as possible
- Similar demographics: Free/Reduced lunch, English Language Learners, Special Education
- Efficient transportation
- Building capacity
- Recognition of proposed growth/developments
- Other considerations
- Last 3-5 years (better 5-7 years)
Please share more information on the timeline for middle school attendance areas.
In March, district administration presented information on enrollment trends, building capacities, current student enrollment, and developments within the district to the school board.
In early July, the school board reviewed data on each school’s current enrollment and looked at five-year projections at its summer retreat. The board directed district administration to develop middle school draft attendance areas scenarios. Also in July, similar information was shared with the district’s Community Facilities Task Force.
In August, the school board discussed a timeline, criteria and the process for public meetings and input at its board meeting. District administration presented sample scenarios and a timeline to the Shakopee School Board at the September 23 meeting.
On October 14, the Shakopee School Board voted to move forward with two attendance area scenarios. Click here to view those scenarios. The scenarios are being shared with the school community to receive input and feedback before the board makes a final decision in December or January. Additionally, public information and input sessions will be held at each middle school. Information will also be provided at parent/teacher conferences, posted on our website and social media, and sent home in red folders.
Will you allow intra-district transfers (see proposal below)?
One of the district goals in updating the middle school enrollment areas is to achieve enrollment balance between East and West Middle Schools. In support of this goal, the district is updating the rules for intra-district transfer requests of middle school students.
Intra-district transfers will be allowed up to a 100 student difference in enrollment between the two middle schools (approximately 5% of the total middle school enrollment in Shakopee Public Schools).
Applications for intra-district transfers will be collected and accepted until January 31 preceding the upcoming school year (click here for link to form). After January 31, all applications will receive consideration. Should the number of requests for intra-district transfers keep the difference in enrollment between the two middle schools at less than 100 students, all transfers will be approved. Should the requests for intra-district transfers exceed the 100 student difference in enrollment between the two schools, a lottery will be used to determine the approved transfer requests.
Once a student is enrolled in a school via an intra-district transfer, the student’s enrollment will continue in the new school without the need for any additional application, or annual renewal paperwork. Students receiving an approved intra-district transfer request will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from school.
One Year Only: 2020-21 School Year (proposal)
In light of the unique circumstances that accompany a change in attendance areas, Shakopee Public Schools will be using modified rules for intra-district transfer requests for one year only, the 2020-21 school year. The following modifications will be made to the rules for intra-district transfer requests for the 2020-21 school year only:
- Requests made by students enrolled in 8th grade for the 2020-21 school year (current 7th graders) will receive preference should they desire to continue attending the middle school previously attended.
- Intra-district transfers will be allowed up to a maximum of 150 student difference in enrollment between the two middle schools (approximately 7.5% of the total middle level enrollment in Shakopee Public Schools).
- Shuttle transportation between the two middle schools will be available before and after school, transporting students who’ve received an intra-district transfer, for the 2020-21 school year only.
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Middle School Attendance Areas Information and Input Session #1
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | East Middle School | Media Center | 6-7 p.m.
Middle School Attendance Areas Information and Input Session #2
Thursday, November 7, 2019 | West Middle School | Media Center | 6-7 p.m.
Learn more at Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Red Oak | October 10, 14 & 15 | 4-8 p.m.
East Middle School and West Middle School | October 22 & 24 | 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Eagle Creek | November 19, 21 & 25 | 4-8 p.m.
Sun Path | November 19, 21 & 25 | 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Jackson | November 19, 21 & 25 | 3:15-7:30 p.m.
Sweeney | November 21 & 25 | 4-8 p.m.