One of the benefits of the sixth-grade shift to middle school is better utilization of building space, Jeffco Public Schools officials say.
Tim Reed, executive director of Jeffco facilities, said …
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Chatfield, Conifer and Evergreen articulation areas have already moved sixth-graders to middle schools.
The following middle schools will serve grades 6-8 beginning 2018-19:
Carmody (Bear Creek)
Drake (Arvada West)
Dunstan (Green Mountain)
Everitt (Wheat Ridge)
Mandalay (Standley Lake)
Manning (Option School)
North Arvada (Arvada)
Oberon (Ralston Valley)
Wayne Carle (Standley Lake)
Bell in Golden already serves some sixth grade students. In 2018-19 they will have sixth-graders from all feeder schools in their area.
The following three middle schools are scheduled to serve grades 6-8 in 2019-20 to allow time to plan for capacity and enrollment:
Ken Caryl (Columbine)
Summit Ridge (Dakota Ridge)
Alameda and Jefferson area sixth-graders will remain in current elementary schools since those areas are on a K-6 elementary/7-12 secondary model. Option schools, other than Manning, will remain unchanged. Arvada K-8 in the Arvada area, Bear Creek K-8 in the Bear Creek area, and Three Creeks K-8 and Coal Creek Canyon K-8 in the Ralston Valley area will continue serving the K-8 model.
Tim Reed, executive director of Jeffco facilities, said middle school buildings in Jeffco that were designed to hold three grade levels are in general under capacity. The Facilities Master Plan determined middle schools have 5,422 available seats. In contrast, many elementary schools are over capacity.
Transitioning sixth-grade students to middle schools will create balance and allow the removal of 147 temporary classrooms from elementary sites, Reed said.
But some schools will need to continue with the seventh- and eighth-grade model for at least one more year. Because the empty middle school seats aren’t evenly spread throughout the district, some schools will require expansions to make room for new sixth-graders.
The Jeffco Board of Education has already approved funding to build a $10 million addition to Drake Middle School in Arvada and a $4.5 million addition to Dunstan Middle School in Lakewood to accommodate the changes. Reed said construction at both schools will be done and classrooms open by August 2018.
Three schools — Ken Caryl in Littleton, Creighton in Lakewood, and Summit Ridge in Littleton— will delay their transition to the new model because the district estimates it needs to find another $15.5 million to add eight classrooms to each school.
That’s a cost of $32 million over the next two years.
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