• Boundary FAQ 

    These frequently asked questions were formed from our town hall meetings and received at boundaries@wasatch.edu and relate to the current boundary proposal. 

    We are still in the process of taking input.  Feel free to ask more questions or provide additional feedback by emailing boundaries@wasatch.edu

    What are the boundary priorities that the board has set forth?

      • Equitable Demographics
      • Growth Potential
      • Building Capacity
      • Maintain Neighborhoods
      • Bus/Walking Routes 

    The boundary proposal that is being presented to the WCSD School Board is a balancing act between these five priorities.

    To learn more about our board’s priorities please visit: https://www.wasatch.edu/Page/12100

    • What areas are going to experience change?
      • With the exception of the high school, all schools will experience change as grade levels are adjusted.
    •  What classifies as a neighborhood? 
      • A committee with representatives from across the valley helped to define neighborhoods.  This was also a topic at the public town hall meetings held at each elementary school. 
    •  Why does the district care about demographics?
      • Demographics at schools determine the variety of programs that can be offered.  In addition student experiences are enhanced by a diverse population.
    •  Will diversity be maintained?
      • One of the priorities of the committee is to balance demographics as much as possible in each school.
    • What will happen to Dual Immersion? 
      • Dual Immersion will remain at all schools.  Depending on the number of students enrolled in dual immersion programs, the method may have to be altered from how we currently instruct students.
    • How will dual immersion work with 5th grade coming back to the elementary schools and what happens to dual immersion from 6th grade on?
      • 5th grade delivery will look similar to dual immersion in grades K-4.
      • For 6th grade on, dual immersion will take on a secondary school model where dual immersion students will have several dual immersion course and other courses integrated with other non-dual language students.
    • What consideration has the district given to keeping native speakers in dual immersion programs at all schools?
      • While we prefer to have a healthy population of native speakers in all schools, the number of native speakers will vary in each school.  No matter the number of native speakers, a viable dual immersion program will exist at all schools.
    • What is the size of the new middle school relative to RMMS?
      • Under this boundary proposal, the new middle school is projected to hold about 60% of the middle school age students and RMMS will hold the remaining 40%.
    • Have you looked at projected growth?
      • Yes the boundary committee has met with planners from Wasatch County, Midway City and Heber City.
    • Are we looking at the future and possibly a new high school?
      • The boundary committee has met with planners from every municipality to study future growth and the impact this growth will have on all of our schools.
    • Are there any plans to expand other Elementary Schools? Can they even handle taking 5th grade?
      • Currently no plans exist to expand any of our current schools. Current expansion of any Elementary would require significant funds and would require not only construction but movement of infrastructure. Typically with an elementary expansion, common areas and site size are problematic.
    • In the past the district expanded Heber Valley Elementary and added a football stadium without bonding.  Why couldn't an elementary school be expanded in the same way?
      • During those projects there was sufficient capital in our fund balance to cover those costs.  The current fund balance wouldn't support such a project at this time.
    • Is it possible to get hard numbers on the number of students coming into kindergarten for the next few years?
      • Until parents register their children for kindergarten there is no record of these children who will be in the school system next year. The process for Kindergarten registration begins in March and continues through the start of school. Those are the first official numbers the school district receives on incoming kindergarten students.  Despite our efforts, we typically do not have hard numbers until right before kindergarten starts.  District planning is based on previous years numbers combined with current growth rates.
    • Will the middle schools separate the 6th graders from the 8th graders in the school?
      • There will be some separation and some integration.  6th graders can expect core area classes to only be for 6th grade but some electives may have cross over.  The 6th grade will feel more secondary in nature with those students rotating teachers.  6th grade will also have their own lunch period, but it will overlap with another grade toward the end of the period.
    • What about the traffic on Hwy 40 and Midway Lane?
      • Safety is a top priority of the district.  We will do all we can to ensure the safety of our students and will lobby for the necessary changes to be implemented to ensure that safety.
    • Do you have the distance for walkability at schools?
      • Based on their address and the walking route they would take to get to school, students can be expected to walk up to 1.5 miles from the school or bus stop.
    • With the addition of two new schools, how will bussing be managed?
      • By state law we transport students in the elementary schools who live a walking distance greater than a mile and half and two miles for secondary schools.
    • Will the amount of time students spend on the bus be considered in the boundary decision?
      • Yes, the school board has asked the committee to take the time students will spend on the bus into consideration.
    • Will start and end times for schools change?
      • School start times will be set once boundaries and bussing routes are set.
    • Are the schools on schedule to be open on time?
      • At this point in time (December 2016) schools are on schedule to open by the start of school.
    • Has the gifted population had any consideration in the process?
      • Students that receive special services like Gifted and Talented or special education are serviced as needed in all schools. 
    • Will they have same programs in the schools, for instance: Honors, SpEd, OT, PT, DI & Catalyst
      • Yes, all schools will offer the same basic programs that are currently being offered.
    • Is the new elementary school going to have a Preschool?
      • Yes, Preschool will be offered at all schools.
    • Will 5th graders still get devices to take home?
      • Yes, currently our 5th grade students can take devices home and we don't anticipate that changing.
    • What will you do with empty classrooms?
      • Empty classrooms will be used to provide additional educational opportunities (i.e. music, science labs, art, etc.) until growth requires the space to be used for regular classroom instruction.
    • What programs will be available at each school?
      • All current programs offered at elementary schools will be offered at the new school. Each school will have dual immersion programs.
    • What teachers will be at which buildings?
      • 5th grade teachers will move from TIS into each elementary school.  6th grade teachers will be moved to one of the middle schools. K-4 Teachers will be placed at each school to meet the needs of the new student population.  This will require some movement in K-4 teachers.
    • When will we know what teachers will be at each building?
      • Discussions about teacher placement will happen after all administration jobs have been filled.  If all goes as planned, this should happen by Spring Break.
    • What will the names of the new buildings be?
    • Is TIS going to be just 9th graders?
      • TIS will become part of the Wasatch High School campus. Currently the school board and district administration are discussing options for the best use of the space for the high school.  Regarding the 9th grade, the current thinking is to house a majority of the 9th grade courses within the main campus.
    • Will open enrollment still be available?
      • Open enrollment will be available as written in current legislation. Families are encouraged to do what is best for their children in each specific situation.