As you know, our district has a new elementary, middle, and high school under construction north of Highway 101. The elementary and middle school openings are scheduled for fall 2020 and the high school opening is scheduled for fall 2022. As a result, these three schools need an attendance area established prior to opening.
On Thursday evening, May 9, 2019, the Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Trustees took final action on a recommendation to reconfigure our elementary, middle, and high school attendance boundaries. This was the final step in a year’s work with the 44-member Agnews Boundary Advisory Committee made up of parents and guardians, high school students, teachers, classified staff, and district staff who recommended two final scenarios for the Board to consider. During this past year, the Committee sought feedback and shared their work with Board members in board study sessions; and with staff, parents, students, and the community in districtwide communications and mailings, two community forums, and Thoughtexchange (an online forum platform to collect and share information with our community).
We are excited to share attendance area changes that will take effect in 2020 for our elementary, middle, and high schools which will positively impact our students' educational future.
More specific communication to families in the transitional boundary areas will follow this general announcement addressing important information that the Board of Trustees has yet to determine, including:
- Specific first-year grade level openings for the new schools.
- “Grandfathering rules” that may allow students to avoid single year changes near the end of their elementary, middle, or high school experience.
- “Sibling rules” that would work to keep families at the same school.
- Transitional kindergarten, special education, after school, and other special program placements and locations.
- School bus transportation provisions for students based on the boundary changes.
- School naming processes for the elementary, middle, and high schools on the Agnews site.
Our website will continue to be updated as this information becomes available for interested members of the community.
Boundary Changes for the New School Openings
Beginning in August 2020, some elementary school attendance areas will change:
- To create an attendance area for the elementary school on the Agnews site and balance enrollment for the elementary schools north of Highway 101, the attendance areas for George Mayne, Hughes, and Montague elementary schools will change in August 2020. The Don Callejon School K-5 grade attendance area will remain the same. Elementary schools south of Highway 101 will not be impacted by these elementary boundary changes.
Beginning in August 2020, most middle school attendance areas will change:
- To create an attendance area for the middle school on the Agnews site and balance enrollment for the middle schools north and south of Highway 101 Freeway, the attendance areas for Buchser, Don Callejon, and Peterson middle schools will change in August 2020. The Cabrillo Middle School attendance area will remain unchanged.
- Beginning in August 2020, the middle school on the Agnews site will serve the students who reside north of Highway 101, except for those in the new Don Callejon School attendance area.
- Don Callejon School will serve 6-8 grade students who reside in the school’s current K-5 grade attendance area.
Beginning in August 2022, high school attendance areas will change:
- To create an attendance area for the high school on the Agnews site and balance enrollment for the high schools north and south of Highway 101, the attendance areas for Santa Clara and Wilcox high schools will change in August 2022.
- Beginning in August 2022, the high school on the Agnews site will begin serving students who reside north of Highway 101.
- Beginning in August 2022, the Santa Clara and Wilcox high schools attendance areas will remain unchanged for the students who reside south of Highway 101.
Students who attend or wish to attend the schools without boundaries including Millikin Basics+ Elementary School (open enrollment), Washington Open Elementary School (open enrollment), nonpublic schools, the Opportunity Program at Peterson Middle School, Mission Early College High School, Gateway/New Valley High School, Santa Clara Community Day School, and Wilson High School will continue to do so under current admittance procedures, in addition to students attending our other district schools under the open enrollment process.
Please see new elementary, middle, and high school boundaries below. An electronic, searchable boundary for the 2020-2021 school year, called the SchoolLocator, will available by Friday, May 17* on our website at www.santaclarausd.org/agnews/boundaries. If you have any questions, please contact your school or email the district at email@example.com.
Andrew C. Lucia
Assistant Superintendent, School Support and District Development
Santa Clara Unified School District
*SchoolLocator: After making this announcement, the district postponed releasing an updated SchoolLocator until the opening enrollment options have been decided, including which grade levels will be served in the first year, sibling and grandfathering rules, and transportation. The Board of Trustees is expected to take action on the enrollment options in summer 2019.