August 02, 2013The Kirkwood School District has determined it has roughly 175 open seats for transfer students from unaccredited schools.
Riverview Gardens announced on Tuesday that Kirkwood is its second choice for students wishing to transfer to an accredited district. That decision was prompted by claims from the Mehlville School District – Riverview's first choice – that there isn't enough space to accommodate hundreds of transfer students.
Mehlville has received more than 550 applicants from Riverview Gardens students, but the district has said it can only accept about 220 students.
Based on Kirkwood's recent enrollment and staffing count, the district said it can accept approximately 175 transfer students depending on the number of applicants and their grade level. The district had originally estimated that number to be about 100 students.
The number of open seats include every grade level and school, with the exception of Nipher Middle School and North Glendale because both schools are close to capacity.
"The total number of transfers accepted by the district could be slightly less or more than 175 due to the number of requests at various grade levels, but all decisions will be made with consideration of current enrollment data, staffing and established class size guidelines," a letter sent to parents on Aug. 1 said.
The district does not yet have a final count on how many applications it has received.
On Friday, Aug. 2, superintendents whose districts are involved in the school transfers met with the Cooperating School District (CSD) to determine the placement of students from the unaccredited districts of Riverview Gardens and Normandy. At some point on Aug. 2, officials from receiving school districts will begin calling parents to inform them of the next steps for enrollment.
All applicants wishing to transfer will be assigned to schools according to a lottery system.
"Within each school district, we will start with kindergarten and go up through the grade levels comparing requested transfers with vacancies," the CSD said. "In the event the number of requested transfers for a particular district's grade level exceeds that same district's capacity, we will place the students based on their random number in ascending order to fill the vacant slots. Once that district's capacity is full, the remaining students will be placed in their second choice if that second choice has remaining capacity. If there is no capacity remaining in their second choice, they will then be placed in their third choice."
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