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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.
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.
Facts About the Districtwide Boundary Analysis (A letter from Board
President Shebra Evans and Superintendent Jack Smith – Dec. 11, 2019)
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.
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 will aim to increase County residents’ awareness around key opportunities and challenges within the current boundaries and provide a platform for discussion.
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 School101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pmJulius West Middle School651 Great Falls Rd, Rockville, MD 20850
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00am - 12:00pmWhite Oak Middle School12201 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904(RESCHEDULED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER) Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 7:00pm- 9:00pm NEW DATE: Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7-9 p.m.Walter Johnson High School6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814*members of the community who submitted an RSVP for the original meeting are on the RSVP list for Jan. 23. Overflow seating will be provided in the auditorium.Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:00am - 12:00pmBlair High School51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 209010
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pmNorthwest High School13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown, MD 20874
RSVP for one of the meetings (RSVPs Closed--all current meetings have reached seating capacity)
Targeted Outreach/Engagement with hard-to-reach communities and other key stakeholders
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 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.
Multiple Regional Open Meetings across the County (Dates and Locations Coming Soon)
Targeted Outreach/ Engagement with hard-to-reach communities and other key stakeholders
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:
The two major components of the initiative will adhere to some key principles identified below:
District Boundary Analysis Archive