APP Families: Immediate Action Needed !
Last Friday Seattle Public Schools (SPS) released a revised “Growth Boundary” proposal that includes specific changes to the APP delivery model. You should have already received notice from SPS asking for your feedback. Below we outline the proposal and how you can provide feedback to SPS, as well as to the Thurgood Marshall PTA.
Your Action Needed – 5 Minutes Only!
It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete these two brief surveys.
- Complete a brief 5-question survey to share your thoughts with the Thurgood Marshall PTA. Deadline: October 19 at midnight
- Tell SPS what you think of the changes via their brief, two-question survey here. Leave the number area blank and write “APP” in the “Other” Field. Under “Comments” please briefly state your thoughts on these changes. Deadline: October 21 at 6 pm
What is the potential impact to Thurgood Marshall APP families?
Your PTA Board is concerned that with limited SPS resources for advanced learning, the new optional pathways for APP might dilute the resources available to each location, including Thurgood Marshall. The District has not assured us there is additional funding to support the new APP sites. We are concerned that the redistribution of resources across the city will result in inequities of APP delivery throughout the District.
Summary of SPS Proposal for APP
The proposal adds the following two optional APP pathways in the South End, while maintaining the current pathway of Thurgood Marshall to Washington Middle School:
- New pathway in West Seattle: Fairmount Park Elementary to Madison Middle School to Garfield High School/the optional International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Rainier Beach High School.
- New pathway in SE Seattle: Wing Luke Elementary to Aki Kurose Middle School to Garfield High School/the optional IB program at Rainier Beach High School.
These programs may launch as soon as next school year. Thurgood Marshall Elementary currently has 320 APP students, and is expected to grow to 380 by the year 2022.
In the North End, the SPS proposes all APP elementary students attend a single elementary location at Wilson Pacific Elementary, with three middle school pathways including Jane Adams, Wilson Pacific and Hamilton Middle Schools. The high school pathway remains Garfield High School or the optional IB program at Ingraham High School. Currently the North End APP program has almost 600 APP students at Lincoln Elementary, and is expected to grow to over 700 by the year 2022.
The entire SPS proposal is available online here.
Questions? Email the Thurgood Marshall PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time on this important issue affecting Thurgood Marshall Elementary!