Overview of Expanded Services for Students and Families in 2016-2017
The 2016-2017 school year is going to be a big year for the Lorain City Schools, as we continue the progress for the students and families we serve. We’ve listened to your feedback provided through participation in surveys, open dialogue sessions, and personal conversations, and are responding to ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your children. Be sure to check out answers to frequently asked questions, at left.
Here is an overview of what to expect next year:
Opening of the NEW Lorain High School - This fall, Titans entering grades 9-12 will be attending a state-of-the-art facility designed with their unique needs in mind. And while the building alone is impressive in its own right, the programming our district offers can’t be beat: the full continuum of services for students of all ability levels, a wide array of quality fine arts programming, Titan College, expanded Career and Technical Education options, championship athletics, free meals for all students, and more.
A return to three Middle Schools - Starting next year the Lorain High Annex will be converted back to Southview Middle School, returning our district to the three middle schools we really need. Grades at the middle schools next year will be 6, 7, and 8.
Redistricting - As our team prepares for the important and careful job of assigning students to three middle schools, we have the opportunity to rebalance our elementary schools through redistricting. This means that we improve services for our students through more educationally appropriate class sizes and supportive services district-wide. Please note that home school information applies to all families, including those currently on intra-district transfer.
Serving Students with Special Needs in their home schools – We are excited to be able to better serve our students with special needs in their home schools next year. We know that students of all ability levels do better when included amongst their peers. By ensuring students are in the same buildings as their siblings, close to home, we believe this will provide stronger supports for families as well. And in many cases, such as our underserved Gifted population, we will now be able to provide them with the opportunities they need, and deserve.
Expanded ELL Programming - We will be expanding our services for students who are English Language Learners. While our ultimate goal is to serve every student in his or her own home school, we are beginning this process by adding an additional site at Stevan Dohanos Elementary next year while we learn and grow capacity.
How will this affect your child next year?
All families with students entering grades K-7 will receive information about their home school and applicable services soon. Families will receive a robocall informing them when to check their child’s backpack and/or mailbox with this important information.
Please be sure to keep your contact information updated with your child’s school so that we can communicate with you by telephone, email, and mail. Information will also be shared on the district web site at lorainschools.org, the Lorain City Schools FREE mobile app, and social media channels. Information nights and a telephone hotline will be available soon as well.
In the meantime, thank you for your support as we continue the progress in the Lorain City Schools. This is an exciting time, and we’re honored to do all we can for you and your child.