As presented at the Board of Education Study Session of February 4, 2019, the district is developing a plan to address declining enrollment. This tentative plan includes the following strategies:
1. Consider developing Transitional Kindergarten to 8th Grade Academies
A growing body of research identifies the benefits of TK-8 schools for elementary and middle school students, where pupils can attend specialized academies and explore interests, technologies, and social development to better prepare them for high school.
2. Offer Pre-Kindergarten to attract students at specific sites in La Mirada
Offer Pre-K classes for specific schools in La Mirada to attract and retain prospective Kindergarteners.
3. Consider free child care to be offered at targeted sites
Offer free child care for targeted schools to attract and retain prospective Kindergarteners.
4. Provide early orientation in the fall for elementary, middle, and high schoolers
Provide our students with a head start in their studies, a positive connection to school, and greater access to specialized resources.
5. Increase offerings of specialized programs at all levels
Offer specialized programs at identified schools where students can explore interests, career pathways and leadership development to better prepare them for college and careers.
6. Explore online - virtual school
Provide secondary students the opportunity to attend public schools in a virtual online environment with access to certified teachers, materials, and resources.
We want to hear from you! In the survey below, let us know which recommendations you think should be prioritized for further consideration. If you have any additional suggestions for addressing declining enrollment in Norwalk-La Mirada schools, please specify below.