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FWISD Board of Education Approves Boundary Realignment

On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education approved the first major District-wide school boundary changes in more than 20 years, repairing “broken” feeder patterns that, in one example, had students who attend a single middle school continuing on to as many as three different high schools.

The Board vote is the culmination of work by the District’s Facility Master Plan Committee, established by the Board in 2015 to support the District’s mission of preparing all students for success in college, career and community leadership.  Pyramid re-alignment and subsequent boundary and attendance zone changes are now at the forefront.

“We know that students are best positioned for success when they are part of a coherent school feeder pattern,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “Coherent school feeder patterns are good not only for academics but also for athletics, extracurricular activities, fine arts, band, life-long friendships as a result of a stronger, long-term social relationship. 

“We are talking about the creation and strengthening of school communities.”

Teachers and campus leaders are better able to positively impact a group of students when they are operating within the vertical alignment of a coherent feeder pattern. We want teachers and staff members to share their experiences – and their knowledge – about students and their families from elementary school to middle school to high school to ensure their success.

Almost six months ago, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and his leadership team began a series of town hall meetings – 26 in all – across the District discussing school boundaries. The complexity and challenge of explaining proposed changes to alignments that have been in place for many years was evident at these meetings. But the meetings served the dual purpose of not only explaining possible changes, but also gathering valuable insight from parents, staff and community members. 

Information regarding each presentation can be found on the District’s Let’s Talk School Community Forums page.

With the boundary changes:  

 

  • Overcrowding, demographic shifts and equity for students will be addressed.
  • Underutilization, improve operational effectiveness and efficiency with rightsizing and/or repurposing can be considered and resolved.
  • Boundary changes will address existing feeder pattern splits and/or overlaps.
  • High school programs will align with programs offered in feeder schools.
  • Students in the same pyramid will move through the educational system together, creating a sense of community, one point of contact, one point of responsibility.
  • Programs of Choice, STEM, Montessori, applied learning and single sex campuses can be expanded into each pyramid, eliminating waiting lists for these sought-after programs.
  • Implementation of the changes will occur in phases, beginning in the fall of 2020 and continuing through the 2023-24 school year. This roll-out plan allows for monitoring and the development of more quality options for students and families. The proposed changes can be adjusted as needed based on enrollment trend, academic programs and facility needs.

 

A complete list of proposed pyramid changes is listed below. 

 

Pyramids

Timeline

Proposed Changes

Grade Levels

1

Amon Carter-Riverside
Diamond Hill-Jarvis

Fall 2020

Boundary - Brae rezone Meacham MS/Diamond Hill HS section to Riverside MS/Carter-Riverside HS

6 - 12

2

Benbrook
Western Hills

Fall 2020

Boundary - Waverly Park and Merrett rezone Benbrook MS/HS section to Leonard MS/Western Hills HS (north of I-20)

6 - 12

3

Dunbar
Eastern Hills
Polytechnic

Fall 2020

Boundary - Sagamore Hill rezone Polytechnic HS section to D McRae
Boundary - Sagamore Hill rezone back to Eastern Hills HS

Pre-K - 5
9 - 12

4

Dunbar
Eastern Hills

Fall 2020

Boundary - W Handley rezone split section back to Eastern Hills HS

9 - 12

5

Paschal

Fall 2020

Boundary - Overton Park New Facility Opening

Pre-K - 5

6

Paschal
Polytechnic

Fall 2020

Boundary - Van Zandt-Guinn rezone section on west side of I-35
to De Zavala ES/Daggett MS/Paschal HS

Pre-K - 12

7

O.D. Wyatt
Polytechnic

Fall 2020

Boundary - Briscoe rezone to Morningside MS/Polytechnic HS

6 - 12

8

O.D. Wyatt
Polytechnic

Fall 2020

Boundary - Mitchell Blvd rezone Morningside MS/Polytechnic HS section to Forest Oak MS/O.D. Wyatt HS

6 - 12

9

Dunbar
O.D. Wyatt

Fall 2020

Boundary - Green rezone Dunbar section to Sunrise-McMillian

Pre-K - 5

10

Eastern Hills

Fall 2021

Boundary - Sagamore Hill rezone to Meadowbrook MS

6 - 8

11

Eastern Hills

Fall 2021

Boundary - W Handley rezone to Meadowbrook MS

6 - 8

12

Diamond Hill
North Side

Fall 2021

Boundary - Helbing rezone all to Meacham MS

6 - 8

13

Diamond Hill
North Side

Fall 2021

Boundary - Kirkpatrick ES/MS rezone Diamond Hill HS section to North Side HS

9 - 12

14

Diamond Hill
North Side

Fall 2021

Boundary - Washington Hts rezone to North Side HS

9 - 12

15

Eastern Hills

Fall 2021

Boundary - McDonald rezone to McClung MS

6 - 8

16

Eastern Hills

Fall 2021

Boundary - JT White rezone to Meadowbrook MS

6 - 8

17

Eastern Hills

Fall 2021

Boundary - Elliott rezone to McClung MS

6 - 8

18

Eastern Hills

Fall 2021

Boundary - Lowery Rd rezone to McClung MS

6 - 8

19

North Side

Fall 2021

Boundary - Huerta rezone Elder MS section to Kirkpatrick MS

6 - 8

20

O.D. Wyatt
South Hills

Fall 2021

Boundary - Greenbriar rezone O.D. Wyatt HS section to Beal

Pre-K - 5

21

Paschal
South Hills

Fall 2023

Boundary - Clarke rezone to McLean MS

6 - 8

22

Paschal
South Hills

Fall 2023

Boundary - Contreras rezone Rosemont MS section to McLean MS

6 - 8

23

Paschal
South Hills

Fall 2021

Boundary - Worth Heights rezone section north of Biddison to Clarke

Pre-K - 5

24

North Side

Fall 2021

Reconfiguration - Jara and Mendoza add Pre-K - K
Boundary - Jara and Mendoza rezone to balance enrollment

Pre-K - 5

25

O.D. Wyatt
South Hills

Fall 2022

Boundary - Worth Heights rezone O.D. Wyatt portion to Morningside ES/MS

Pre-K - 8

26

Dunbar
Polytechnic

Fall 2022

Boundary - SS Dillow rezone to Jacquet MS/Dunbar HS (PENDING)

6 - 12

27

O.D. Wyatt
South Hills

Fall 2023

Boundary - Carter Park rezone to Forest Oak MS

6 – 8

28

South Hills
Southwest

Fall 2023

Boundary - Greenbriar rezone South Hills section west of I-35 to Rosemont MS

6 - 8

29

Paschal
South Hills

Fall 2023

Boundary - Daggett ES rezone Rosemont MS section to Daggett MS

6 - 8

30

South Hills
Southwest

Fall 2023

Boundary - Seminary Hills rezone Wedgwood MS section to
Rosemont MS

6 - 8

31

South Hills
Southwest

Fall 2023

Boundary - South Hills ES rezone to Rosemont MS/South Hills HS

6 - 12

32

South Hills
Southwest

Fall 2023

Boundary - Westcreek rezone to Wedgwood MS/Southwest HS

6 - 12

33

South Hills

Fall 2023

Boundary - Seminary, Worth Heights, Wilson, Hubbard rezone to absorb Rosemont ES students
Relocation - Rosemont 6th Grade to Rosemont ES building

Pre-K - 6 


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