• 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 the fall of 2023, the school district began the process to make adjustments to the district’s attendance areas to incorporate a new elementary school in south Columbia.  The work also includes adjustments to address areas of growth in the district.

  • Guiding Principles 

    • Attendance areas do change and will continue to change. This work is part of a regular review of district enrollment patterns.
    • 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 Schools community.
    • The board recognizes the power of a school to create a community. Accessibility for families is important (volunteering and attending school functions are easier when the school is near).
    • Consider the time students spend on a bus and the distance traveled to and from school.
    • Consider attendance areas boundary lines that follow natural/man-made boundaries.
    • Consider a transfer policy that allows 5th graders to remain at their previous school and policies that allow siblings to remain.

    Estimated Timeline for Attendance Area Process

    Board of Education Presentations

    Download the new Demographics and GIS Mapping | December 11, 2023


    Resources

  • Focus group

    Be a part of the process!  Apply to be part of a focus group!

    Be a part of the process!  Apply to be part of a focus group! - APPLICATION WINDOW HAS CLOSED

    Focus groups will help inform how attendance areas will be drawn, compared, and evaluated. 

    The following topics will be discussed during these meetings:

    • Attendance area process concerns
    • School utilization
    • Diversity
    • Proximity

    Participants will be selected at random from those who applied.  Meetings will take place on February 6 and February 7.

    Focus Group Presentation