January 27, 2015
Following extensive research and community discussions regarding the best placement for sixth-grade students, the district will keep elementary and middle schools in their current enrollment boundaries and configurations. The plan was approved last night by the Anchorage School Board.
“We have a lot of student success occurring in our current school configurations,” said Superintendent Ed Graff. “Based on a thorough analysis of student achievement, financial implications, and feedback from the public and educators, this is the best decision at this time for our students and schools.”
The sixth-grade placement study was part of long-range facility improvement plans for some middle schools. The review of placement for sixth-grade students was needed to determine if those plans should include space for sixth-graders or if those students should remain in elementary school buildings until seventh grade. Following approval by the board, the facility improvement plans will continue with the current middle school configurations.
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.
The board memo and summary of the study is available online at www.asdk12.org/6thgraders.