Student Assignment Proposal

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JCPS School Choice Proposals

The Student Assignment Review Advisory Committee (SARAC) worked in early 2019 to strategize around challenges posed by the current Student Assignment Plan. The committee
discussed a series of challenges, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Regarding the middle and high school assignment plan:
    • No choice for West Louisville middle and high school students to attend school close to home
    • Small, disconnected zones make it hard to connect neighborhoods to schools.
    • Limited opportunity to stay with peers from middle to high school (50 different feeder patterns)
    • Difficulty for family engagement
    • Barriers to participating in after-school activities and athletics
    • Challenges for attendance (if a student misses their bus)
  • Regarding magnet schools and programs:
    • Limited access to magnet schools and programs for students of color
    • Limited seats in engaging and attractive magnet schools and programs
    • Inconsistent quality across magnet schools and programs
    • Admissions processes that are difficult to navigate and understand
    • Lack of centralized management of the lottery
    • The removal of students by magnet schools and programs through school-initiated exits created equity issues due to bias.

In creating the recommendations provided in this document, the committee and staff focused on resolving or mitigating the challenges identified above. As proposed, the recommendations are intended to improve equitable treatment of students through the school choice process. Linked below, you will find the Summary of School Choice Proposals. We are seeking feedback and hope you will provide your voice.

Student Assignment Summary of Proposals

In addition, to supplement the School Choice Proposals, the West Louisville Support Plan provides an overview of proposed programming and supports for the Academy @ Shawnee and the proposed New West Louisville Middle School.

West Louisville Support Plan

Please provide feedback for both proposals through this Google Form. You also have the option to sign up for a Focus Group at the end of the Form. Feel free to contact JCPSSchoolChoice@jefferson.kyschools.us should you have any questions. 

Dual Resides Proposal

After two and a half years of working with and listening to community members, JCPS has drafted a proposal to the public to provide middle and high school students in West Louisville more choice about where they attend school. Under this new proposal, middle and high school students would have the choice of attending a school close to home or attend a school in another part of the county.  Students would be able to attend a new West Louisville middle school and The Academy @ Shawnee for high school, if this plan is approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education.
After receiving community feedback, we believe families want a say in where their child attends school.  Middle and high school students in West Louisville are the only students in Jefferson County Public Schools who don’t have a close to home option and are assigned to schools that are sometimes up to 14 miles away. JCPS has drafted this proposal in the spirit of working with families and ensuring choice for all families.

Find my new away school: This tool will allow middle and high school students to see the proposed choices versus the current assignment.

So what does this mean for a Family? 

Currently if a family lives at 1100 West Dumesnil Street, the student is assigned to Highland for Middle School and Fairdale for High School. 

This means that:

  1. The student is assigned to a middle school far away from home.  
  2. When the student makes friends with classmates and it is time to go to high school, the students who live close to Highland are (for the most part) assigned to Atherton but this student will go all the way across town to Fairdale.

How is the new plan different?

  1. The child at this address is assigned to Noe Middle School or the new West Louisville Middle School for Middle School.  The family will consider which of these two schools is a better fit for their child and select that school. 
  2. The child at this address is assigned to Seneca High School or the Academy @ Shawnee.  The family will consider which of these two schools is a better fit for their child and select that school. 

For your reference, view the current JCPS Student Assignment Plan. 

Next Steps

In order to fully implement this proposal, it would require the construction of a new school.  Along with this new middle school, we would also need to consider building another new middle school and potentially a new high school in order to adequately meet the needs of our students and families in West Louisville.  

Implementation of this proposal would begin with 6th and 9th grades, beginning in School Year 2021-2022, if this measure is approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Racial Equity Analysis Protocol (REAP)

The following Racial Equity Analysis Protocol were conducted by the Student Assignment Review Advisory Committee during the development of the school choice recommendations:

Please use the following contact information to sign up for a Dual Resides Focus Group:

Phone: (502) 313-5987
Email: JCPSSchoolChoice@jefferson.kyschools.us