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Plan for two Buckhead Middle Schools Less Diverse?

Give us your thoughts about APS plan for separate sites

Two separate Buckhead middle schools are called for in the new APS redistricting options released Friday.

The proposal is likely to draw opposition from Buckhead parents, with concerns that the two schools will be unbalanced in terms of ethnic diversity,

Under Option A, and elementaries would feed into a middle school at the site, while the other Buckhead schools would go to a new middle school at the current site.  Under Option B, , with a significant number of Latino students, would also go to the Sutton campus. Option A also calls for the construction of a new Midtown middle school, while that plan is dropped in Option B.

Under redistricting,

Other concerns raised by parents include the probability that the new North Atlanta middle school would not be immediately certified by the International Baccalaurate program, now a mainstay of Buckhead schools. On the other hand, the North Atlanta campus recently received an extensive renovation, with facilities that might be considered better than Sutton's, although it was also renovated several years ago.

Last spring, APS propossed placing a separate sixth grade academy at the Sutton site and all Buckhead seventh and eighth graders at the North Atlanta site. But APS Superintendent Erroll Davis said after first taking office that he was unaware of that proposal.

The two separate middle schools would alleviate overcrowding at Sutton, now Buckhead's only public middle school.

Give us your views on the two middle schools. Participate in our poll, and give us your thoughts in comments.

Bill Betzen March 23, 2012 at 04:13 PM
APS Parent, You may want to share the research found at http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2012/02/separate-middle-schools-vs-k-8.html with your school board. Study it and be prepared to ask the board about various points in the research. This is a very critical decision.
Atlanta Parent March 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM
The School Board says financially they can not reorganize our district into K-8 at this time. Our area is projected to have a "bubble" coming through our preschool population. Many in our area would like to see a K-8 model piloted.
Laura K. April 02, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Re: K-8 Maybe Sutton could be converted into one of the first K-8 models, with Bolton to follow (b/c isn't Bolton only 75% full anyways?. Use those extra classrooms!) Then, slowly convert the other elementary schools. Though, the redistricting would be extensive and what would happen to the current North Atlanta Location?
FJ April 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I seriously doubt that Sutton is ever going to reach the 2000 kid mark. There are always going to be families in Buckhead that choose private, and the economy is improving. I know that when I asked for the percentage of kids that go to Sutton from Brandon and Jackson when I took the tour last fall, I was told that the numbers actually went down this year. I believe they said they get the most students from Smith, but I am not positive about that. Bolton is filling up quickly - we have several friends with children there and my understanding is that those neighborhoods are full of young families (a lot of new construction over there at very reasonable prices and the real estate market has hit them hard so they are underwater with their mortgages and can't afford to move). Lots of babies and preschoolers and now that the school is improving they are starting to support it, much like the Rivers families did with their school.
FJ April 02, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I forgot to address your point, Laura K - I think turning Sutton into a k-8 is a great idea. Since Rivers will be using it for a couple of years, there would be plenty of time to get that organized. It would be a nice option for the people that live near there (it could be done with a lottery) and it would reduce capacity at the North Atlanta campus and the surrounding elementary schools - I doubt they would even need a 6th grade center if they did that. I love that idea.

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