• Parkway Attendance Boundary Update


    Student enrollment at West Middle School has exceeded the school and classroom capacity. There are significantly more students at West Middle compared to all other Parkway middle schools due to current attendance boundaries.

    Also, under our current school attendance boundaries, some students live much closer to another middle school than the one they currently attend. In other words, some of our attendance boundaries are not aligned with our board guidelines for ideal school attendance areas to support all students.

    In order to address these issues, balance enrollments and ensure a high-quality learning experience for each student in Parkway, we are considering boundary adjustments.

    The following schools may be impacted: West Middle, South Middle, Southwest Middle, and Pierremont and Hanna Woods Elementary Schools. As a result, South High and West High may be impacted as well.

    The earliest we would expect the board to make a decision would be the fall 2021 and the earliest a change would impact middle school student attendance would be the 2022-23 school year.

    We know the solutions we develop as a community can have an impact on current and future students and families. We also know our families have chosen to live in Parkway for a reason and you may have specifically chosen a home based on where your children attend elementary, middle and high school.

    We will not make any decisions without more conversation and feedback from parents and staff about the potential solutions.

Community Boundary Update #1 April 20

Community Boundary Update #2 April 27

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is Parkway considering a change in attendance boundaries?
    Student enrollment at West Middle School has exceeded the school and classroom capacity. There are significantly more students at West Middle compared to all other Parkway middle schools due to current attendance boundaries.

    Also, under our current school attendance boundaries, some students live much closer to another middle school than the one they currently attend. In other words, some of our attendance boundaries are not aligned with our board guidelines for ideal school attendance areas to support all students.

    In order to address these issues, balance enrollments and ensure a high-quality learning experience for each student in Parkway, we are considering boundary adjustments.

    Which Parkway schools are involved?

    • West Middle, South Middle and Southwest Middle
    • Pierremont Elementary and Hanna Woods Elementary

    When would the changes take place?
    The new attendance boundaries would be phased in over several years beginning with the 2022-23 school year for current Pierremont and Hanna Woods Elementary students.

    What changes are being recommended?
    The recommended changes would affect the following schools and feeder patterns in the district:

    The feeder pattern for Pierremont Elementary would shift from West Middle to South Middle:

    • When Pierremont students graduate from 5th grade, they would attend middle school at South Middle.
    • Pierremont students with siblings currently enrolled at West Middle would be exempt as outlined below.
    • Pierremont students attending South Middle would still attend high school at West High.
    • Pierremont students who prefer to attend South High instead of West High may request a special assignment to South High, but transportation would not be provided.

    The feeder pattern for Hanna Woods Elementary would shift from South Middle to Southwest Middle:

    • When Hanna Woods students graduate from 5th grade, they would attend middle school at Southwest Middle. Then, they go to the high school they are already assigned to at South High.

    If I live in an area that’s being moved, do I have a choice to go to the middle and high schools where I planned? In other words, can I apply for a special assignment?
    Yes, there are special assignment options, which are outlined below. One of our primary goals is always to keep families together.

    Current grade at Pierremont and Hanna Woods this year 2020-21

    The new boundaries would be phased in over several years beginning with the 2022-23 school year.

    Options for Families

    5

    Current 5th graders are not impacted by the change since they will move on to their currently assigned middle school in the 2021-22 school year (West Middle for Pierremont students and South Middle for Hanna Woods students).

    K-4

    When it is time to go to middle school, Pierremont students would attend South Middle. When it is time to go to high school, they would still attend West High. Hanna Woods students would attend Southwest Middle and South High.

    If a Pierremont student attending South Middle wants to attend South High after they leave South Middle, they can request a special assignment to South High, but transportation would not be provided.

    Families can request special assignments that allow their children to attend the same school. For example, special assignment will be approved in the following scenarios:

    • Special assignments for Pierremont students to attend West Middle will be automatically approved if they have an older sibling who will also be enrolled at West Middle the following year.
    • Similarly, when it is time for a Hanna Woods student to attend Southwest Middle, they may attend South Middle instead if they have an older sibling who will also be enrolled at South Middle the following year.
    • Families may request a special assignment prior to the fall of 2022 in order to keep the family together based on a younger sibling. For example, a current fifth grader at Hanna Woods may attend Southwest Middle in the fall of 2021 if they prefer due to having younger siblings who would attend Southwest Middle in future years. These special assignments will be approved.


    Transportation During Special Assignment

    When a special assignment is approved, parents need to provide their own transportation to school.

    Pre-K and/or not currently enrolled

    If the boundary proposal is approved by the board, special assignments will not be considered for students who are not currently enrolled. 


    Would these changes impact where my child attends elementary school?
    These changes do not impact where any child attends elementary school. Students will not have to switch elementary schools. The changes are specific to where Pierremont and Hanna Woods students will go on to middle school after they graduate from elementary school. 

    Which high school would my child attend?
    The current high school feeder patterns for Hanna Woods and Pierremont would not change. Pierremont students would still attend high school at West High and Hanna Woods students would still attend high school at South High. Pierremont students who wish to attend South High after graduating from South Middle, may request a special assignment to South High but transportation would not be provided.

    Would students in the MOSAICS Academy at West Middle move to South Middle School?
    Right now, we are engaging the elementary and middle school Academy team to explore options for a potential transition of the MOSAICS Academy from West Middle to South Middle that is the least disruptive for students currently attending West Middle in the Academy. Once we have developed the options for any potential transition we will receive feedback from families. 

    How do I know if I live in an area affected by a boundary change?
    The proposal only applies to families whose children attend Hanna Woods Elementary and Pierremont Elementary. Families involved have been contacted directly. Click here for maps of current and potential attendance areas. Please contact your school for more information.

    What if my family lives in the Hanna Woods or Pierremont Elementary School attendance boundary but is currently attending another Parkway school under special assignment? Will current special assignments continue to be honored?
    Yes, however all special assignments must be re-submitted annually for approval.

    Will the boundary changes impact Parkway’s existing class size targets?
    No. The existing class size targets will remain the same.

    When will the school board make a decision on the boundary change proposal?
    The school board will continue to review the proposal and monitor community feedback in the coming months. Since enrollment for the 2022-23 school year begins in January of 2022, the school board would prefer to make a decision some time in the fall of 2021.

    When can I learn more, ask questions and provide feedback?
    You can watch recordings of the presentation to the school board and the April 20 and 27 webinars above. You are also encouraged to share any questions or feedback you have here. Questions will be answered individually and common questions will be added to the FAQ list.

  • Hanna Woods Current Middle School Attendance Area

    Current Hanna Woods Attendance Area

     

    Hanna Woods Potential Middle School Attendance Area

    Proposed Hanna Woods Attendance Area

  • Pierremont Current Middle School Attendance Area

    Pierremont Current Middle School Attendance Area

     

    Pierremont Potential Middle School Attendance Area

    Pierremont Proposed Middle School Attendance Area