Monday, July 8, 2013

New School Capacity Numbers

Has DCSS Lost Its Mind? 

 
DCSS is “adjusting” Capacity numbers – again – this seems to be a yearly exercise.  The figures below are from a document dated 4-26-13.  Click here to view that document.

In whose world can Chesnut Charter Elementary hold 570 students? 
 

10 comments:

  1. The crazy thing about this list is that it's based on unrealistically small class sizes:

    kindergarten - 20 students
    high school core subjects - 28 students

    In whose world did we have classes this small?

    ReplyDelete
  2. So, basically what the document is telling us is that the schools are squeezing many more students into classrooms that are not capable of handling those class sizes - something we've known for a while.

    The only HS classes with as few as 28 students are AP classes. The remainder of the classrooms have a capacity of 24 to 28 students. Since DCSS has done away with "Gifted" classes and collapsed into Gifted/HA, class sizes are over 30. The fact that the School District absolutely REFUSES to lower class size is an unacceptable situation.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I find it fascinating that the TOTAL capacity for Dunwoody's elementary schools remains UNCHANGED (actually decreases by 3) even with all of the changes within the individual schools. Almost seems like someone is trying to make students fit into certain schools and districts without having to actually do the hard work of redistricting...

    Looks like some of Dan Drake's magic mathematics going on here...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Dunwoody Mom - what do you mean by DCSS doing away with "Gifted" classes collapsing into Gifted/HA so that class sizes are over 30? Is that at the middle school level? I thought "gifted" class sizes were federally mandated....

    ReplyDelete
  5. The collapse of the gifted classes is at the high school level. At Dunwoody HS, there are no more "gifted" classes. They have been merged with "accelerated" which allows them to get around the lower class sizes mandated for gifted. So, if your child is gifted, his schedule and transcript will still say "gifted Spanish I" or whatever, but in fact they will be in a class with both gifted and non-gifted and the class size will be well in excess of the gifted class size limit.

    Up until now this has not been that big of a deal because most truly gifted students have started taking AP classes in earnest in 10th grade. However, beginning this upcoming year our new principal is no longer allowing underclassmen to take many (maybe any? not sure about that) AP classes so look for this to be a bigger deal in the years ahead.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Peachtree Middle has also merged the Gifted with High Achiever.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Anon at 5:15: is that new this year? I thought Peachtree had "gifted teams" where the gifted kids rotated just with other gifted kids except for a few classes such as PE and music?

    ReplyDelete
  8. My child was in gifted last year at PCMS. Her core classes were a mix of High Achiever and Gifted.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Anon. 1:36 PM: How large was your child's class size with the mix of HA and G?

    ReplyDelete
  10. Anon 1:36

    Class size varied from 25 to 35. Spanish had 35

    ReplyDelete