September 3, 2014
6th grade placement community discussions
District researching whether elementary or middle schools are best for 6th graders
The Anchorage School District is hosting a series of community discussions to review the best placement for sixth-grade students.
The district is reviewing long-range facility improvement plans for some middle schools. A review of placement for sixth-grade students is needed to determine if those improvement plans should include space for sixth graders or if those students should remain in elementary school buildings until seventh grade.
The district is working with a national research firm to facilitate a study on the topic. Researchers have compared long-term student achievement data between sixth graders in elementary and middle school buildings. They have reviewed demographic information, financial considerations and building size/capacity among all middle schools and the elementary buildings that may be impacted.
The findings of the sixth-grade placement study will be presented at a series of public meetings.
The community discussions are scheduled as follows:
All meetings are scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Those planning to attend should sign up at www.asdk12.org/6thgraders.
As part of the decision making process, parents and community members are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on the research.
Seven of ASD's 10 middle schools house students in grades 7-8; they are Central, Goldenview, Gruening, Hanshew, Mears, Romig and Wendler.
Three ASD middle schools house students in grades 6-8; they are Begich, Clark and Mirror Lake.