Attendance Area Changes

  • The Columbia Public Schools understands that attendance areas will change when new buildings open, and may need to be adjusted when school buildings have grown beyond their capacity. In 2020, Columbia Public Schools will open its seventh middle school.  In order to incorporate the new middle school into the school district and address continued growth in Columbia, secondary (grades 6-12) attendance areas must be adjusted.

  • In September 2018, the Board of Education approved guiding principles to help outline the process.  

    Guiding Principles
    Set by the Board of Education (September 2018)
    * Attendance areas do change and will continue to change. This work is part of a regular review of district enrollment patterns and the addition of a new middle school. 
    * The attendance area should anticipate future growth of neighborhoods. A walkable and bikeable school is important, but may not always be possible.
    * The attendance area seeks to reflect the composition of the Columbia Public School community.
    * The board recognizes the power of a school to create community. Accessibility for families is important (volunteering and attending school functions are easier when the school is near).
    * Consider time students spend on a bus and distance traveled to and from school.
    * Consider attendance areas boundary lines that follow natural/manmade boundaries. 
    * Consider a transfer policy that allows 8th and 12th graders to remain at their previous school and policies that allow siblings to remain.
    * Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Education Meeting to Consider Attendance Area Process Guiding Principles
    * Oct. 1 – High School Student Advisory Feedback Group
    * Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. - Board of Education Meeting Cooperative Strategies Process Review
    * Oct. 8 – Realtor and Developers Focus Group
    * Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. - Board of Education Meeting Cooperative Strategies Attendance Area Update
    * Nov. 1 - Focus Group Application Process Opens
    * Nov. 14 - Focus Group Application Deadline
    * Nov. 21 - Focus Group Participant Notification
    * Dec. 3-5 – Parent, Employee and Community Focus Groups
    * Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. - Board of Education Update
    * Dec. 20, 7:30 a.m. – Board of Education Work Session, Draft Attendance Area Scenarios Based on Focus Group Feedback Become Available
    * Dec. 20 - Community Online Survey Opens
    * Jan. 9-11 – Community Open Houses
                      Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m. - Open House at Gentry Middle School (Cafeteria)
                      Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m. - Open House at Battle High School (Media Center)
                      Jan. 11, 1-3 p.m. - Open House at Aslin Administration Building (Board Room)
    * Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. - Board of Education Update
    * Jan. 14 - Online Feedback Survey Closes
    * Jan. 24, 7:30 a.m. - Board of Education Work Session, Attendance Area Presentation
    * Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Education Meeting, Discuss Attendance Area Recommendation (possible board action)
    * March 11, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Education Meeting, Vote on Attendance Area Recommendation (final date for board action)
    Draft Attendance Area Options (12/20/18)
    An online feedback survey requesting information about the draft attendance area options, developed using focus group feedback, is now available.  Please watch the overview presentation (approx. 30 minutes) prior to completing the feedback survey.  The video presentation is embedded in the survey and also directly available under the resources section of this web page.  A school locator address tool is also available for your use in comparing the draft options.
    Your feedback is a valuable part of the process and will be studied and considered as attendance area recommendations are developed for the Board of Education.  Please provide as much detail as possible in the comments sections.  The survey will remain open until January 14.