Table of Contents Slide # Rationale for Rezoning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Overview of the Rezoning Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Guiding Policies and Principles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Methodology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 • Determining the Target 6th Grade Zone Size • Determining the Zone Lines Schools Affected by Rezoning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Impact of Rezoning . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-10 Scenario Zone Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-17 Contact Information for Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 • Admissions Process
Overview of Rezoning Process 1 2 3 OPM conducts analysis and works with DPC and CEC to assess the need to rezone OPM derives the ideal Kindergarten zone size of any impacted schools OPM develops and discusses scenario map with key stakeholders 4 5 6 OPM and Superintendent presents proposal before CEC at public meeting Superintendent collects feedback and submits proposal for approval CEC collects feedback and votes on proposal within 45 days of submission
Guiding Policies and Principles • Pending approval by the CEC, the proposed changes would take effect for the 2014-2015 academic year. • Pending approval by the CEC, the proposed changes would only impact incoming sixth grade students or new students to the system. All currently enrolled students may remain in their school until graduation. • See Appendix A for the admissions process as outlined in the Chancellor’s regulation A-101. • The Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) will follow standard procedure to determine bus service eligibility of general education students, as outlined by Chancellor’s regulation A-801.
Methodology – Determining the Target 6th Grade Zone Size • Seat Supply: What is the capacity of each school? • Specifically, how many instructional sections can each building accommodate? • We assess capacity based on: • The number of full-size classrooms available in the building; • The number of specialty rooms to which a school is entitled; and • Historical enrollment increases and decreases at each grade level. • Seat Demand: How many students do we anticipate? • We assess demand – both from inside and outside the zone – based on: • The historical number of sixth grade students living in the zone; • Historical average class sizes; • Historical zone retention rates (the percent of students who live in the zone and attend their zoned school); • Historical zone enrollment rates (the percent of enrolled students who are also zoned to that school); and • Anticipated sixth grade growth, based on current/future housing developments.
Methodology – Determining the Zone Lines • To the extent possible, we draw zone lines in a way that: • Achieves the targeted sixth grade zone size for all affected schools; • Addresses overcrowding and other concerns of the community; • Aligns zoning at the elementary and middle school grade levels; • Accounts for grade reconfigurations as well as other programmatic offerings at impacted schools (e.g. expansions, magnet, etc.); • Avoids forcing students to cross geographic barriers (e.g. highways, railroads, etc.); • Accounts for residential construction and population growth within the affected areas; • Centrally locates the school within the zone, wherever possible; • Minimizes the distance students must travel to attend their zoned school; and • Maintains the diversity of schools.
Rationale for Rezoning • To alleviate overcrowding at I.S. 145. • To create a zone for Hunters Point Community Middle School(30Q291), the new school in building Q404, located at 1-50 51st Avenue, that will open in September 2013. • To account for the new capacity of new building Q297, located at 74-03 34th Avenue, that is slated to open in September 2014. • To utilize excess middle school capacity in D30 to serve D30 residents. • To align zoning at the elementary and middle school levels.
Schools Affected by Rezoning In the current 2012-2013 school year: Based on the 2012-2013 Audited Register as of October 26, 2013. Based on the 2011-2012 Blue Book Capacity.
Impact of Rezoning – 6th Grade Zone Size The current zone size is based on the 2012-2013 Audited Register data as of October 26, 2012. The planned zone size accounts for residential growth based on new construction data provided by the SCA. The planned zone size accounts for approximately 145 additional 6th grade students in new residential construction. Based on the 2012-2013 Audited Register data as of October 26, 2012, there are only approximately 145 6th grade students residing within the planned zone.
Impact of Rezoning – 6th Grade Sections The 6th grade enrollment is based on the 2012-2013 Audited Register as of October 26, 2012. The planned 6th grade section counts and enrollment take into account all programmatic offerings, such as G&T, magnet programs, etc. These figures are subject to change based on revisions to the proposed zones.
Contact Information for Comments Community Superintendent Phone: (718) 391 – 8323 Email: Pcompos@schools.nyc.gov Subject: District 30 Zoning CEC Community Education Council Email: CEC30@schools.nyc.gov Subject: District 30 Zoning OPM Office of Portfolio Management Email: QueensZoning@schools.nyc.gov Subject: District 30 Zoning
Appendix A – Admissions Process¹ Students will be enrolled in New York City middle schools by the following priority: Students with a zoned middle school have a priority to attend that school if they rank it on their middle school application. During the middle school admissions process, available seats (determined by OSE) at zoned schools will be available for non-zoned students who apply once all of the zoned students have been accommodated in the application process. Zoned students who do not apply to their zoned school no longer have a priority to attend that school. Zoned students who have applied will be accommodated before non-zoned students on appeal as space is available. Fifth-grade students attending a K-8 school maintain a priority for the 6th grade middle school admissions process if they rank the continuing K-8 school on their middle school choice application. During the middle school admissions process, available seats (determined by OSE) at K-8 schools will be available for non-continuing students who apply once all of the continuing students have been accommodated in the application process. Continuing students who do not apply to their current school no longer have a priority to attend that school for 6th grade. Continuing students will be accommodated before non-continuing students on appeal as space is available. When students receive a non-zoned or non-continuing school placement as a part of the middle school choice process, the students no longer have any entitlement to return to their zoned or K-8 school for the duration of middle school. Any requests for the zoned or K-8 school must be expressed through the PER or transfer process. Please refer to Chancellor’s Regulation A-101 for further information.