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District News

Advanced Learning Task Force makes recommendations on how to structure APP elementary in North Seattle

June 18, 2012 | Audience: Families, Community, Staff | Contact: Communications (206) 252-0200

Seattle Public Schools is experiencing not only an increase in overall enrollment, but fast growth in our Advanced Learning programs.

In November 2011, the Superintendent created the Advanced Learning Task Force to review APP and Spectrum enrollment patterns, key program elements, family interests, costs and decision-making factors regarding student enrollment in the programs. While that work is still ongoing, last week the Task Force sent its recommendation on how to structure APP elementary in North Seattle. That recommendation was evenly divided. Seven members are in favor of a stand-alone facility, seven want the program co-housed with another school and five members felt either direction would be fine. Click on the link to read the full recommendation.

On Monday, Dr. Enfield said: “deciding whether to create a stand-alone school for APP students or to house the program in multiple sites with existing neighborhood schools is a big decision, and not one I take lightly. Given our upcoming change in leadership, it is also not a decision that I would be here to defend. I am asking that incoming Superintendent José Banda work together with staff and the community on how to move forward with both program placement and capacity.”  Read letter from Dr. Enfield to Lowell at Lincoln families.

For the 2012-13 school year, the District will:

• Separate the two Lowell schools. The Lincoln site will now be “APP at Lincoln,” much like our other programs housed at interim sites, such as K-5 STEM at Boren. This means that Rina Geoghagan and Gregory King will no longer be co-principals, but instead serve as principals of their own buildings. The two schools will also have a separate budget structure.

• Keep APP at Lincoln for the next two school years. Given our capacity issues in the north end of Seattle, we will house the program at Lincoln for the next two years. This gives District staff time to continue working on the larger picture of program placement and capacity.

“I want to thank you all, both Lowell at Lincoln families and staff, for your ongoing commitment to the school community,” Enfield said. “We know you have seen a lot of change in the past several years, and I am hopeful there will be a solid long-term solution that meets the needs of all of our students.”

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