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Districtwide Boundary Analysis

 

Purpose

The Districtwide Boundary Analysis is an initiative designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of Montgomery County Public School boundaries by analyzing various data points such as school facility utilization and capacity, student demographics, school assignment and travel patterns. The initiative builds on MCPS’s engagement efforts from Spring 2019 and will continue to involve community members from all backgrounds through a variety of forums to fully understand the spectrum of challenges towards creating more meaningfully integrated and culturally responsive schools within Montgomery County.

Why Now?

Over the twenty years, student enrollment at Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has increased by more than 30,000 students. This growth has helped MCPS become one of the largest and most diverse districts in the nation. Unfortunately, facility construction has not been able to keep pace with this significant growth. The overcapacity of many schools, paired with our continued focus on equity and excellence, prompted the Board of Education to initiate an assessment of current school boundaries to ensure that MCPS can continue to provide high-quality facilities that support the educational programming needed to reinforce MCPS’s core values of Learning, Relationships, Respect, Excellence, and Equity.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

This initiative will result in an analytical assessment and a summary of the community engagement process. It will not make recommendations on potential boundary revisions.  

What Comes Next?

Phase 1: Fall & Winter (2019)

  • Data Analysis
     

    Benchmarking MCPS against other school districts to contextualize data and research findings

    Establishing existing conditions analysis to fully understand school boundaries through the focus area lenses

    Identifying measures of success for MCPS through data analysis and validated through community engagement activities

    Developing interactive tools to examine opportunities and potential trade-offs between key performance indicators

  • Engagement Activities: Community Awareness and Information Gathering
     

    Engagement activities will aim to increase County residents’ awareness around key opportunities and challenges within the current boundaries and provide a platform for discussion.

  • Outreach Activities to Begin Mid-November
     

    Board of Education Public Hearing (November 18, 2019 850 Hungerford Dr. Rockville, MD)

    Multiple Regional Open Meetings across the County - RSVP for one of the meetings

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Gaithersburg High School
    101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Julius West Middle School
    651 Great Falls Rd, Rockville, MD 20850

    Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00am - 12:00pm
    White Oak Middle School
    12201 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904

    Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 7:00pm- 9:00pm
    Walter Johnson High School
    6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Blair High School
    51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 209010

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Northwest High School
    13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown, MD 20874

    RSVP for one of the meetings

    Virtual Public Meeting (Dates and Locations Coming Soon)

    Targeted Outreach/Engagement with hard-to-reach communities and other key stakeholders

Phase 2: Winter & Spring (2020)

  • Data Analysis

    Data analysis will continue to build on previous analyses and will be geared towards creating an interactive tool that examines opportunities and potential trade-offs between key performance indicators such as school facility utilization, student travel and student demographics.

  • Testing Ideas and Metrics

    Testing ideas and metrics will involve presenting data and engagement findings from Phase 1 and understanding opportunities and trade-offs between measures of success using an interactive tool developed through the data analysis process.

  • Outreach Activities to Begin in Winter 2020

    Multiple Regional Open Meetings across the County (Dates and Locations Coming Soon)

    Targeted Outreach/ Engagement with hard-to-reach communities and other key stakeholders

Timeline

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Districtwide Boundary Analysis

Focus Areas

The following areas will be used as lenses through which a comprehensive understanding of existing school boundaries will be defined. While these focus areas will be refined through the engagement process, they may include:

equity
Equity:
  • Student Body Demographics
  • Socio-Economic Equity
capacity
Capacity:
  • Facility Utilization and Capacity
  • School Articulation and Feeder Patterns
  • School Assignment Stability
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Access:
  • Geographic Proximity to Schools
  • Existing School Bus Transportation Patterns

Districtwide Boundary Analysis

Guiding Principles

The two major components of the initiative will adhere to some key principles identified below:

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1 Data Analysis

  • Contextualize analyses
    to issues raised through engagement activities
  • Eliminate data and research bias
    by comparing findings to other relevant school districts
  • Create comprehensive models
    that examine opportunities and trade-offs between key performance indicators
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2 Community Engagement

  • Utilize innovative communication and outreach strategies
    to maximize participation from all corners of the county
  • Foster an inclusive environment at all engagement activities
    to ensure that people from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds feel welcomed
  • Encourage participation
    through carefully crafted workshop-type activities 
  • Share analytical findings
    through various mediums that demystify data analyses and ensure tangible outcomes from engagement activities
  • Create a feedback loop
    by using variety of online survey tools