Approved adjustments seek to ease current and future crowding at Rosemount high and middle school
action is part of larger effort to address projected growth
The District 196 School Board on Monday unanimously approved recommended changes to high school, middle school and elementary school attendance areas to ease current and projected overcrowding at Rosemount High School and Rosemount Middle School by utilizing available space at other district schools.
The recommendations were shared with the community in October, revised based on input to include additional preference for families in the affected areas, and presented as new business at the Nov. 8 board meeting.
Changes approved by the board Dec. 13 take effect with the start of the 2022-23 school year and will be phased in to allow students living in the impacted areas the option to finish out the level at the school they are currently attending. Transportation will be provided through the 2023-24 school year during a two-year phase-in for middle school and through 2025-26 during a four-year phase-in for high school.
IMPORTANT: Families living in the affected areas will now be asked to make enrollment decisions for their middle school and high school aged children for the 2022-23 school year by the Jan. 5 deadline, which was extended from Dec. 15 this year only. Middle schools and high schools need enrollment information to communicate with their families about the course registration process for 2022-23, which will happen in January and February.
ONLY for families living in the areas involved in the attendance-area changes:
- Grades 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 – Students currently attending a middle school or high school will continue to remain enrolled at their school in 2022-23 without taking any action. To attend their new attendance-area middle school or high school, families with students in these grades would need to complete the Intradistrict Student Transfer Application form [Español] [Soomaali] (502.4P) and submit it to the district’s Student Information Office by the Jan. 5 deadline.
- Grade 8 -- Students will be enrolled at their new attendance-area high school for 2022-23. To exercise their option to attend Rosemount High School, families of 8th grade students would need to complete the Intradistrict Student Transfer Application form [Español] [Soomaali] (502.4P) and submit it to Student Information by Jan. 5.
- Grade 5 – Students will be enrolled at their new attendance-area middle school for 2022-23. If a student qualifies for sibling or family preference and wants to attend their current attendance-area middle school, they must complete the Intradistrict Student Transfer Application form [Español] [Soomaali] (502.4P) and submit it to Student Information by Jan. 5.
The approved recommendations include sibling preference for students living in the affected areas to enroll at a school they would be attending at the same time as an older sibling and family preference for students with an older sibling who graduated or who will graduate from Rosemount High. Families with students currently in grades K-7 who do not have a sibling or family preference will be given preference in the intradistrict student transfer process based on enrollment and capacity at the school they are requesting to attend. Open enrollment requests from students living outside the district are due Jan. 15 and will be processed after intradistrict transfer requests.
The Intradistrict Student Transfer Application is a simple form that takes minutes to complete and can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 651-423-7787 or mail to: Student Information Supervisor, Independent School District 196, 3455 153rd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068. Under Reason for Request, families living in the areas affected by these changes should check the box “Attendance-area adjustment options as authorized by the School Board.” There’s no need to explain the specific preference. Requests will be processed as they are received and will be accepted or denied based on eligibility and preference for families living in the affected areas only, as determined by members of the Student Information Office.
- 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?