Dear LMSD Community,
Last year the District implemented a “partner school” plan to help alleviate some of the impacts of enrollment growth at the elementary school level. The partner school plan caps certain sections of grade levels in elementary schools that have reached class size targets. When those sections are capped, students who register thereafter will be enrolled at a "partner school" - a Lower Merion elementary school that can accommodate further enrollment in that class section. The plan was implemented smoothly last year and is helping us to maintain favorable class sizes, preserve programs, maximize existing resources and provide planning flexibility.
K-1 registration for the 2017 school year is already underway and we wanted to make you aware of several important dates in the registration/partner school process. Families that register online on or before May 1, 2017, and complete the registration process by providing, in person, the requisite documentation on or before June 1, 2017, will be guaranteed that their child/ren will be assigned to their home school. Thereafter, children will be assigned to their home school based upon the space available with priority given to children with siblings already attending their home school and to children who reside in the portion of the home school attendance area for which transportation is not provided.
For those who register after May 1, 2017, notification of placement in a partner school will be confirmed by mid-August. Whenever possible, students will have the opportunity to attend the home school once space becomes available. It is important to note that no student currently assigned to a school will need to move schools - even if the school reaches maximum capacity; this plan is strictly for new registrants.
In addition, families who complete a change of address (within Lower Merion School District) with the Central Registration office on or after May 30, 2017, may be subject to partner school placement if their new address places their elementary school student(s) in a different school attendance area.
Complete 2017-18 registration info and partner school resources are available in the “Registration” section of the District website by clicking here. The most recent version of the policy and administrative regulations related to the partner school plan can be found by clicking here. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Thank you for your consideration.
Robert L. Copeland
Superintendent of Schools