Sunday, May 20, 2018

Where are all the students going?

As the Hillsborough County School Board prepares to vote on four new charter school applications, we thought we would share some data from the district about how many students are remaining at their neighborhood schools.

The district recently released "stay rate" reports for elementary, middle and high schools.

A few caveats: You will note hundreds of students listed in areas labelled "blank," which means the district could not state with any certainty what school they would attend, were it not for choice options such as magnet and charter schools. In some cases, street names are too new to be captured on the maps. And some students come from outside the county.

Despite those exceptions, the lists give a pretty good indication of which schools are losing the greatest shares of their neighborhood students.

Stay rates tend to be especially low in some of the middle schools.

The lists also show the impact of SLAM, a charter school in Citrus Park that, if the School Board votes yes, will be joined by two more in the Riverview area. The reports show that in its very first year SLAM attracted 68 students from its closest middle school neighbor, Smith; 38 from Webb, 36 from Pierce, 27 from Hill, 24 from Farnell and 22 from Davidsen.

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