The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board of Education discussed options to modify Glenwood Elementary School’s 2020-21 assignment zone at an Oct. 3 meeting. The school has been at the center of discussion in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, as it is the site of a Mandarin Dual Language program.
The Board held a work session to discuss the Glenwood reassignment process. Board members were handed slips of paper listing various factors — socioeconomic status, student achievement, transportation, among others. They were directed to order those slips in a way that represented their policy priorities in the rezoning process.
“To me, student achievement is the output,” vice chairperson Mary Ann Wolf said. “So, we could say learning differences could be an input, versus, in my mind, we should expect high student achievement across the board.”
Glenwood Elementary School, home of a Mandarin Dual Language program, will be rezoned for the 2020-21 school year.
In June, the Board approved plans to move forward with the Glenwood Magnet Implementation Committee’s suggestions for a school-wide STEAM² focus. The STEAM² theme references the school’s focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Mandarin. All students will receive language instruction in Mandarin, either through a traditional or a dual-language instruction track.
“Some of the slots will be automatic — based on where students live — for the traditional track at the school, and then the other slots would then be based upon the lottery,” said Patrick Abele, assistant superintendent for support services.