As the last couple of months of school wind down for the 2018-2019 school year, we are focusing on preparations for the 2019-2020 school year. Over the past five years, our total school enrollment has fluctuated between nearly 450 and 500 students. Space has become a significant issue on our current campus at the secondary level. We have all felt the pinch of a crowded building, as we look for space to work or meet in small groups to support students. Here are the current enrollment numbers enrolled at our Elementary Grades:
Elementary Enrollment Numbers:
- Grades 1-3: 23 Enrolled Students
- Grade 4: 16 Enrolled Students
- Grades 5-12 400 Enrolled Students
Over the past three years, there has been an approximately 38% decline in student enrollments at the elementary level. Most families who have transitioned out of our model, indicated that time on campus was more than they desired. This unbalanced distribution of students in grades 1-12, has forced us to re-evaluate our elementary educational model as well as our space to seek solutions that will best serve all populations of students.
Our 5th-grade enrollments have consistently had the highest-enrollment numbers over the past three years. Therefore we will re-envision a middle school program that will now serve grades 5 through 8. This model will be designed to transition students into middle school more fluidly with a less abrupt change in the model from elementary to middle school. Mrs. DeLaGarza will move to our middle level to facilitate this transition.
After much programmatic evaluation and problem solving, we have determined it is necessary to make a change to our elementary program. We will redesign our model as a grade 1-4 full virtual model with teacher support one day a week on the SSAE campus. This model will re-establish a more flexible and parent involved model aligned with homeschool thinking. We will utilize an improved version of the K12 Inc. curriculum and personalized interventions geared toward mastery in math, reading, and writing.
SSAE’s Elementary programmatic changes will begin in the 2019-2020 school year. Our teaching staff support will consist of Lori Hall and Brittany Bertolini. Mrs. Krump will be retiring from education. We will accept enrollments in our revised 1-4 model to a maximum of 40 students and will continue to seek opportunities to expand in the future.
We know that this change may have a significant impact on families, which is why we have included a link to our family Re-Design Sessions to provide clarity and plan with teachers on how this transition will look for next year. If you have previously decided that you are not returning to SSAE for the 19-20 school year, you will not need to attend any meetings. Thank you for all you do for your students