As we move into the spring, I want to share with you information regarding our class placement process, as this is often the time when questions arise for families.
Shortly after spring break, teams will be carefully considering class placements for the 2017-18 school year.
While we are in this process, we want you all to know:
During the class placement process, each student is considered individually, including special education and advanced needs of students, academic data, 504s, social emotional needs, learning styles, and other considerations, in no specific order. Each team passes this information forward to the next team through a series of meetings. Teams then look carefully at the overall balance of the classroom including gender, grade levels, and leadership qualities of students.
While we are not able to honor specific teacher requests, if a family has specific information about a student that is pertinent to the placement process, we ask for a written explanation to be sent to me that includes specific comments on a student’s learning style, learning needs or specific structures that support a student’s learning. I meet with each team and share this information with the grade-level team as appropriate. This information is then considered during the placement process. Please send this information by May 1, 2017.
For students who are supported through special education services, the special education team consults with grade-level teams for placement considerations. Both teams collaborate and consider classroom balance and specific individualized education plan goals.
Sibling placement is dependent upon all the above considerations as well.
And a final note, in response to a change in BVSD policy last year, which we continue to follow, Horizons families will be notified of their individual class placement in the third week of August 2017 via email by their homeroom teacher. In addition to the individual placement, families will be sent their student’s class list. All-school class lists will no longer be available publicly via the back to school packet, website or Skylines, as the new policy requires that we not post class lists publicly.
As always, please let me know any questions you may have.