High School Transition Committee

High School Transition Committee
Posted on 11/01/2018
committee work

Last update: Nov. 30, 2018

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*Special Public Information Session
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6-8pm, Bozeman High School, Berg Library

Latest Info:  Do you have a FAQ?  For example; "Why not just use the CJMS/SMS boundaries for the two high schools?"  If you have a question about the high school transition, chances are others have the same question.  Please check out our FAQ document HERE.

The Bozeman School District has formed a High School Transition Committee.  Membership includes parents, students, teachers, administration and other community members.  Applications for this committee were collected from April 15 - May 1, 2018.  There is representation from each BSD7 School and our partner K-8 Rural Schools.

The committee tasks include, but are not limited to, making a recommendation on the grade level split for 2020, making a recommendation for school boundaries, and making recommendations for school culture items (name, mascot, colors, etc.)

(There is a separate committee working on the details of the academic program.  The high school programming committee information can be found HERE.)

The transition committee began work in May 2018 and will continue throughout the 2018/19 school year.

The following links provide more detailed information about the progress of the transition committee:

At the June meeting the committee reached consensus on the following plan regarding grade level split in 2020.  
When the new school opens (2020/21) the seniors will stay at Bozeman High School, while the other grades (9,10,11) will be split between the two schools that first year.  This decision means that the 2017/18 Freshman Class will remain together throughout their high school years.  Also, this decision means that next year's Freshman (2018/19) will split when they reach their Junior year.  The juniors that start at the new high school will represent the first graduating class.
In addition, the committee recommended that we establish an enrollment and placement policy for 9-12, which outlines the procedures for student transfer between schools.

At the Oct 22 meeting three boundary scenarios were presented for comment, feedback and questions from the committee.  These scenarios represent a starting place.  There will likely be other scenarios developed and considered by the committee.  The committee hopes to make a final decision in late November or early December.  The committee recommendation will need to be considered by the Board of Trustees for final approval.

Please use the following links to view maps of the three boundary scenarios presented on 10/22/18
(On all maps, the red area represents the boundary for BHS, while the green area represents the boundary for High School #2)
Option A
Option B
Option C

The following additional two Options will be presented at the November 14 meeting.
Option D
Option E

Boundary Options Detail
(updated on 11/28/18 to include student numbers in 2020 and 2021.)

At the Oct. 30 Meeting
, based on previous committee data requests, the administration shared some information about rural school students and their performance at Bozeman High.  In addition, we shared information about socioeconomic status for various sections of our community.  (Average home values and median household income.)  Please see the following links for information shared with the committee.
Rural School Impact (presentation shared 10/30)
Rural School Enrollment Growth
Median income data (Dr. Wallner's data)
Average home value by area (Dr. Gilpin's data)

At the Nov. 14 Meeting, based on previous requests from the committee, the administration shared data related to economic, academic and school engagement, comparing students & families living East of 19th and those living West of 19th.  Please see the following link shared with the committee.  (Based on committee feedback, this data was updated at the Nov. 28 meeting.)
East / West Split, Data related to demographics, academics and student engagement.

At the November 28 Meeting, additional data was presented regarding the numbers of students who will be attending each school in 2020 and 2021 under each option.  In addition, the West / East data regarding demographics and academic info was updated.  The committee met in small groups to discuss the placement of Anderson school students and reached general consensus that the students from Anderson should attend BHS. 

All meetings are open to the public. 
Our next meetings are scheduled for:
December 11, 6:00pm-8:00pm - BHS Berg Library
January, 2019 TBD

*Special Public Information Session
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6-8pm, Bozeman High School, Berg Library

If you would like to provide comment to the members of the transition committee, please use the following email:  highschoolfuture@bsd7.org

HERE is a link to the electronic file with community comments collected so far.  This file is updated often.

Thank you for your interest!
For questions or comments about the process you may also contact the Superintendent's office:
Rob Watson

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