Boundary Change/Middle School Information
Created by and for Marysville Parents
March 10, 2022Tonight, there is a Southeast Guiding Coalition meeting to talk about the proposal to move Spanish DLI to Harrison Park. This proposal, called the G series, would increase enrollment at Harrison Park and ensure more space at Kellogg for schools like Marysville. However, this is not expected to happen, which means that Marysville COULD be moved to Harrison Park. We will not know until the PPS board votes on all of this on April 26. Please see below for more info.
February 28, 2022
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February 1, 2022
The SEGC has looked at many different proposals for boundary changes and middle school feeder patterns. They are alphabetized and began with A, B, and C, which you see below. We are now up to the F series. It seems at this point that Marysville's k-5 will remain mostly intact. Families living south of Foster will most likely stay within the Marysville boundary.
What is happening?
What is happening?
Your Marysville student may have to switch schools in the fall of 2023.
Portland Public Schools is changing the boundaries for almost all k-5 schools in SE Portland. The boundaries are being determined this winter and spring. This means that Marysville students who live outside of the new boundary will have to switch to Arleta, Woodmere, or Lent Elementary. Luckily, we now know this won't happen until 2023.
It is possible that all Marysville students will be able to finish at Marysville through 5th grade (called "grandfathered" or "legacy"). This is our hope, but we can't count on this. We created this website to provide you with the information you need to advocate for your family and for Marysville.
Why advocate for Marysville?
Marysville is a strong neighborhood school with outstanding teachers and staff. We think of it as a hidden gem! We are a lower-income, Title 1 school with a high percentage of non-white students, and we provide many needed services to our student population. But unlike other schools impacted by the boundary change proposal, we don't have a language or focus-option program that attracts more affluent families through a lottery, so we have fewer resources to call upon from our families.
We also serve many families who speak English as a second language, and due to translation will take a little longer to communicate important district-wide changes to our community. This all impedes our ability to speak out about how these changes will impact our families in a timely and complete manner.
PPS has committed to prioritizing BIPOC and underserved students with a priority on equity. But in reality, they will make their decision based on community feedback from families like YOU. This is why PPS needs to hear from parents at Marysville. How do you feel about this process? How do these proposals affect you?
See below for links to a PPS survey in several languages and email addresses to schoolboard members. This survey is important to answer, but we have found it to be incomplete and difficult to answer. Our intention is to create a Marysville-specific survey soon.
Here is the website for Portland Public Schools Enrollment and Balancing which has the most up to date information from PPS.
Below are the three boundary change proposals.
Marysville is the dark purple shapes. The solid lines represent the new proposed boundary. The dashed line represents our current boundary. Be sure to note where 82nd Avenue is because Proposal A is quite different than B and C.
Marysville students who live south of Foster will go to Woodmere.
Students who live just west of Marysville (but north of Foster) will go to Arleta.
Marysville will gain all of the Lent neighborhood students.
Lent will become all-Spanish immersion, but will not be a neighborhood school.
Marysville will have over 400 students
Marysville students who live east of 82nd will go to Lent.
Lent will become a neighborhood all-Spanish immersion school. Students in the Lent boundary can "opt-out" and attend Marysville.
In this proposal, Marysville is likely to abruptly lose its Title 1 funding (around $140,000 per year) and would reduce some program offerings.
Marysville will have the minimum number of 270 students
Like Proposal B, Current Marysville students living east of 82nd will transfer to Lent.
We could lose Title 1 funding, but it's not likely.
Lower enrollment could cause fewer teachers and larger class sizes.
Also like Proposal B, the demographic of our school would be come higher income. Our school community likely wouldn't be as diverse.
Please click the link below and fill out your survey.
What is the Southeast Guiding Coalition?
PPS will make their decision based on a recommendation from the Southeast Guiding Coalition, which is made up principals and 1-3 parents from each school. At Marysville, our principal, Cathy Murray and parent Ellie Russell are on the SEGC.
Below is the link to the Youtube Channel where you can watch recordings of all SEGC meetings.