As part of work on a new budget for 2011/2012, Seattle school officials are considering lightening the load on a crowded Garfield High School by shifting some students across the city. This and a slate of other proposals are outlined here by the Seattle Times:
To ease overcrowding at Garfield High, administrators are looking at opening a new program at Ingraham High aimed at attracting some of the gifted students who otherwise would be assigned to Garfield.
The proposed new program would be modeled after one at Interlake High School in Bellevue, where students finish the rigorous International Baccalaureate program by the end of their junior year, then do internships or take college classes as seniors.
With the shift to neighborhood based school assignment, Garfield has faced complaints of overcrowded classrooms this year. CDN has reported that currently all APP Students are guaranteed an assignment to Garfield if they choose to go there. Garfield’s current enrollment is about 1780 and approximately 455 are APP students, while the capacity of the school is about 1680.