Grade Configuration Changes Set for Fall 2014With voter approval of the bond referendum to build a new high school [Alexandria Area High School] for grades 9-12, School District 206 is reconfiguring grade levels district-wide beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The fall 2014 implementation will coincide with the opening of the new Alexandria Area High School, resulting in a district-wide grade configuration shift to a K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle, and 9-12 grade level model.Configuring grade levels to K-5, 6-8, 9-12 models will connect students with greater academic opportunities. It will allow schools to align themselves better with state learning standards and offer sixth and ninth graders greater access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) coursework, a variety of elective opportunities, and extra-curricular clubs and athletics through the school. This model will ensure that the district is providing the necessary programming structures and learning environments that will support student success and academic achievement in 2014 and beyond.To facilitate the move to K-5, 6-8, 9-12 models we assembled 6th grade and 9th grade transition teams comprised of parents, teachers (both elementary and middle school), district representatives and community members. These teams were tasked with developing comprehensive transition plans that considered:
- Quality middle school and high school practices that reflect high academic standards;
- Commitments to personalized learning;
- Developmental needs of our students, and
- Goals for building relationships and connecting with students.
Through-out the planning process, the District remained focused on “What’s best for kids?” to ensure smooth transitions in the fall of 2014. A new high school and grade level reconfiguration will strengthen educational opportunities for all District 206 students.