What factors are considered?

What factors are considered in boundary development?

Please note that in a boundary process it is almost impossible to meet every one of these criteria. Identifying appropriate areas for redistricting is always a balancing act among many different factors to identify the best possible solution in the interest of all students.
Factors specific to this process:

• Set boundary for Joe Harris, with opening enrollment in the 400-ish range
• Try to average the enrollment for all elementary schools at approximately 700

The factors generally considered in redrawing boundaries include, but are not limited to:

  • Building capacity and utilization with and without portables
  • Student safety considerations
  • Current and anticipated enrollment
    New development and anticipated population growth/decline in various neighborhoods
  • Proximity of schools to where students live
  • Maintaining integrity of neighborhoods wherever possible
    • Transportation considerations, including:
      Road conditions and accessibility for buses; some roads in less-developed neighborhoods are impassible for buses
    • Natural boundaries/barriers such as arroyos
    • Walk zones (1 mile for elementary, 1.5 miles for middle schools); overlaps among walk zones
    • Hazardous walking conditions
    • Availability of buses/drivers and cost of adding routes
  • Sensitivity to schools’ capacity to serve special needs students and to socioeconomic balance
  • Stability of attendance boundaries; moving students as little as possible
  • Feeder school alignment
  • High school feeder boundary: To the greatest extent possible, avoid having school boundaries cross Northern Blvd. (the high school boundary line)
  • Number of transfer students
  • Commuting factors; parents’ routes to work