Proposed adjustments seek to ease current and future crowding at Rosemount high and middle school
Recommendations part of larger effort to address projected growth
District 196 is proposing to adjust middle school and high school attendance areas to begin to ease current and projected overcrowding at Rosemount High School and Rosemount Middle School by more fully utilizing existing space at other district schools.
- Rosemount High School has capacity for approximately 2,115 students and current enrollment is 2,445. This year’s freshman class at Rosemount is more than 675 students and the school’s total enrollment is projected to grow to 2,660 in the next three years, 545 over current capacity.
- Rosemount Middle School has capacity for approximately 1,180 students and current enrollment is 1,220. Enrollment is projected to grow to 1,335 students in the next three years, 155 over current capacity.
If approved, the attendance-area adjustments would take effect starting with the 2022-23 school year next fall. Because of tradition and strong connections with school communities, the administration is recommending a phased implementation where families would have the choice to enroll at their new attendance-area school or remain enrolled at their current attendance-area school through completion of that level. Transportation would be provided to either middle school over the next two years, through the 2023-24 school year, and to either high school over the next four years, through the 2025-26 school year. Read more of the background of proposed attendance area adjustments >
- The four proposed high school changes would move the outermost parts of the Rosemount High School attendance area to three other high schools – Apple Valley, Eagan and Eastview. There are 600 District 196 high school students currently living in these four areas combined, most attending Rosemount High.
- The four proposed middle school changes would move parts of the Rosemount Middle School attendance area to Dakota Hills and Scott Highlands middle schools, and parts of the Scott Highlands attendance area to Falcon Ridge and Valley middle schools. There are 380 District 196 middle school students currently living in these four areas combined.
PROPOSAL CHANGES BASED ON FEEDBACK
The administration presented the original proposal at three informational meetings in October, considered input from those meetings and nearly 400 comments submitted online, and made two changes to the recommendations that were presented to the board. The following changes were presented at the Nov. 8 School Board meeting.
- The sibling preference recommendation was expanded to include current kindergarten through 7th-grade students in the affected areas with a sibling who graduated from or will graduate from Rosemount High School. This would give the younger sibling(s) choice to attend Rosemount or Scott Highlands middle schools and Rosemount High School, but transportation would be provided only through 2023-24 for middle school and 2025-26 for high school.
- A Mandarin language option was also added to the recommendations based on public input. It would allow current 3rd- through 5th-grade students who live in Middle School Area #2 and who study Mandarin at Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies to continue studying Mandarin by enrolling at Scott Highlands Middle for grades 6-8 via intra-district transfer. Transportation would only be available through the 2023-24 school year.
- What is the difference between open enrollment and an intra-district transfer?
- Is Rosemount High School accepting any open enrollment students?
- Can my elementary-age child apply to attend Rosemount High School in the future through an intra-district transfer?
- Can my student apply for intra-district transfer if the attendance-area adjustments are approved?
- Why not let 6th and 7th grade students also continue through their current high school?
- What is the added cost of phasing in the changes by providing transportation to multiple middle schools for two years and multiple high schools for four years?
- Why didn’t the district see this coming and why are they moving so quickly?
- This seems like a short-term solution. What is the long-term plan?
- Do the recommendations take demographics into account?
- Why were these areas selected to change?
- Why not shift more of the Rosemount High School attendance area to other schools?
- Why not build additions to Rosemount High School and Rosemount Middle School to be able to enroll more students?
- My child is currently in 6th grade and does not have an older sibling. Will they be able to transfer into Rosemount High School when they reach 9th grade?
- Why aren’t 5th grade students allowed to attend their current attendance-area middle school next year if they don’t have a sibling there?
- Are there any changes to elementary school attendance areas?
- My child takes Mandarin Chinese at Diamond Path and it is only offered at SHMS, not at FRMS where they would be moved to. Will they have to stop taking this course?