Frequently Asked Questions: Middle School & High School Projects

  • How many elementary schools feed into a secondary system?

    Posted by West Fargo Public Schools on 8/28/2018 10:40:00 AM

    With our current configuration of buildings and boundaries, we have six elementary schools feeding into Cheney Middle School and West Fargo High School and seven elementary schools feeding into Liberty Middle School and Sheyenne High School.

    However, the system is not dictated by the number of individual elementary schools, but by the number of sections per grade level. At the middle school, each building receives 19 sections for three grades. At the high school, each building receives 19 sections for four grades. The number of sections going into a building is dependent on the building’s capacity and our preferred class size. Our high schools can accommodate 1,550 students each and our middle schools can accommodate 1,200 each.

    The addition of a third feeder-system will allow for six elementary schools to feed into the north side system, five to feed into our central system, and up to five to feed into the newly-created south side system.

    Below is the feeder-system breakdown for the three systems with our current elementary schools.

    feeder-system with current schools

    Below is the feeder-system breakdown for the three systems with our potential for growth.

    feeder system with potential growth

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  • How will the district transition students into a third high school and/or feeder-system?

    Posted by West Fargo Public Schools on 8/28/2018 10:30:00 AM

    A committee of key stakeholders consisting of parents, students, teachers, administration, and board members will conduct a serious of meetings studying various options and scenarios for a smooth transition. Objectives for the committee will be to develop consensus on a recommendation to the School Board on a transition plan that provides optimal learning and participation opportunities for our students.

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  • Why was the third feeder-system boundary drawn as it was? Why not draw it straight across 52nd Ave S?

    Posted by West Fargo Public Schools on 8/13/2018 11:00:00 AM

    When selecting the boundaries for what would be a future third feeder-system (elementary schools that feed into a middle school and high school), consideration had to be given to each building’s capacity, continued growth district-wide, and the number of families impacted by a future transition.

    If we were to have chosen 52nd Ave as the cutoff, the numbers simply would align with current buildings’ capacities. For example, a line at 52nd Ave would have assigned a total of 23 sections in each grade level to LMS and SHS. This number is one that those facilities would not be able to accommodate. In comparison, CMS and WFHS would have 19 sections and the proposed new middle school and new high school would then only have 15 sections each. When looking at those three feeder systems, it does not allow for an even balance of enrollment across the district, nor does it serve the need of creating a boundary that would be applicable for the longest period of time possible. Significant additions to LMS and SHS would have to be done, and beyond the fact that their blueprint would not allow for this, it would impact everything from transportation to class sizes to activities.

    Now, with the approved boundaries, we know that it is the most feasible option when looking at building capacities, limiting transitions, longevity of district attendance areas, and an overall balance of enrollment district-wide. CMS, WFHS, LMS, and SHS would all have 19 sections in each grade level; the proposed middle school and high school would open at 12 sections per grade level, with the ability to be expanded upon in the future to accommodate up to 19 sections (and thus be equal in size to the other feeder systems).

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  • Will most students attending the new high school and new middle school have to be bussed?

    Posted by West Fargo Public Schools on 8/13/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Yes, however those students are currently being, or would be, bussed to Liberty Middle School and Sheyenne High School, which are farther away from their neighborhoods than the new site.

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