Board members wrestle with community surveys, system expansion as they give nod to staff study, which will be completed in June.
The Fairfax County School Board is continuing to weigh what advanced academics mean in the system, authorizing a scope of study Thursday night it hopes will provide better information about how and where services are delivered now — both in the county and across the country — and how that might improve in the future. The study was spurred by a discussion last fall on whether the school system should expand its Advanced Academic Program Centers, a move many vocal parents said needed further analysis and community dialogue. While the board voted in January to expand the centers to three additional elementary schools this fall, to relieve overcrowding, they stopped short of expanding across about a dozen and a half more elementary and middle …
Parent writes Vienna kids should be able to stay in Vienna and still receive Advanced Academic Placement Center services.
Wednesday, January 23
To the Editor: Upon graduating from Louise Archer, sixth graders are split into several different middle schools, to reconvene back to two High Schools: Madison and Marshall (or three if you count TJ) . Kids on the Eastern side of town tend to go to Kilmer Middle School, either for base or Advanced Academic Program Center (AAP) classes. Kids on the Western/Southern side of town have Thoreau as their base middle school, but those in the AAP program are sent out of Vienna into Falls Church (Merrifield) to Luther Jackson Middle School. Since Luther Jackson opened as an AAP center for Louise Archer, more than half of the students have "opted out" of AAP at Luther Jackson and remained at Thoreau, taking an all honors curriculum. The kids who …