Elementary School Attendance Boundary Options Beginning in 2019-2020
Current Elementary School Attendance Boundaries (view image)
Option A – Elementary
Option B – Elementary
Option C – Elementary
Middle School Attendance Boundary Options Beginning in 2019-2020
Current Middle School Attendance Boundaries (view image)
Option A – Middle School
Option B – Middle School
Option C – Middle School
In 2019-2020, the MSDWT will open two brand new elementary schools:
- Clearwater Elementary School (new) – 3575 E. 79th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240, and;
- Willow Lake Elementary School (new) – 7535 Harcourt Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260
The opening of these elementary schools, along with the repurposing of John Strange (will no longer serve as a K-5 building), will increase the capacity to serve our elementary students by several hundred. Therefore, in order to maximize our new spaces, we must adjust our student attendance boundaries for each District elementary school. Additionally, we need to address the imbalance of student enrollment numbers at the middle school level. The opening the eighth District elementary school, and accordingly reconfiguring bus routes and boundaries, provides the right time to address the middle school enrollment issue.
Through community outreach in 2017, stakeholders assisted the District in identifying some considerations when developing new school attendance boundaries. Some of these include:
- Students’ distance from home to school;
- Transportation efficiencies;
- Student socioeconomic populations of each school;
- Number of students affected by the change of boundaries;
- Percentage of elementary school students “feeding” into one or more middle school.
While extremely difficult to apply equal weight to each consideration or priority, the two scenarios presented for stakeholder survey feedback were carefully reviewed by our administration and School Board with each item in mind.
School Start Times
In a 2016 survey of MSDWT stakeholders, a majority of parents and teachers indicated a preference for a later start time for high school students. Because bus routing times are directly dependent on the school attendance boundaries, we will be delaying the presentation and recommendation of school hours to late summer/early fall. We believe moving the timeline later for school hours will allow us to examine more precise and accurate data.
Option 1: Current School Times Times are approximate. If adopted, final times may minimally vary from times below.
|High School: 7:20 AM – 2:35 PM|
|Elementary School: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM|
|Middle School: 9:20 AM – 4:20 PM|
Option 2: Potential Hours for 2019-20 Times are approximate. If adopted, final times may minimally vary from times below.
|Elementary 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM Earliest Pick-Up Time Approximately 6:20 – 6:30 AM Latest Drop-Off Time Approximately 3:30 – 3:40 PM|
|High School: 8:20 AM – 3:35 PM Earliest Pick-Up Time Approximately 7:10 – 7:20 AM Latest Drop-Off Time Approximately 4:35 – 4:45 PM|
|Middle School: 9:25 AM – 4:25 PM Earliest Pick-Up Time Approximately 8:15 – 8:25 AM Latest Drop-Off Time Approximately 5:25 – 5:35 PM|
- Any changes would take effect with the 2019-2020 school year;
- The administration has established 4:25 PM as the latest possible end time for our school day due to after school activities, after school student supervision requirements, and after school activity bus transportation limitations;
- Being mindful of early morning bus pick up times from students’ residences, the administration and transportation department prefers to start the school day for all busing tiers as close to 7:30 AM as possible;
- Fifty (50) minutes is needed between the busing tiers (between start times and end times of each tier) in order to provide safe and on-time bus transportation.
Research, along with advocacy from groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, continues to support later school start times for adolescent students. Some of the advantages, according to studies, of a later middle school and high school start time include:
- Later start times align with the sleep/wake cycle of adolescents, improving alertness and school engagement;
- Schools with later start times have seen improvement in areas such as academic achievement, truancy rates, and student behavior;
- Fewer automobile accidents involving teen drivers.
We invite stakeholders to review research articles on the topic of school start times. We have organized articles (below):
Articles Advocating for Later Start Times for Middle and High Schools