Dear Hope Elementary Parents/Guardians,
At the end of the school year, Hope Elementary staff will meet to determine student placements for the next school year. This can be a challenging and complex process as we strive to create a balanced and positive classroom. We take many factors into consideration in an effort to place your student in an optimal learning environment.
When assigning students to a specific classroom, our staff works hard to consider the following criteria: recommendations of the current classroom teacher • gender and ethnic balance • academic balance of high, medium, and low achievers • balance of student social or emotional variables • strengths of individual teachers • student interests, readiness, behavior and motivation • special needs • learning style • interpersonal dynamics • educational experiences. In accordance with CUSD board policy, we may accept any information from parents/guardians, which would be helpful in making placement decisions. Parents/guardians who provide such information are hereby informed that requests for a specific teacher shall be used as only one of many determining factors which must be taken into account. School board policy 6152 authorizes adjustments in class placements at any time during the school year.
If you have a returning student, you can communicate information you think will be helpful in making placement decisions directly with your student's teacher during your spring conference. We will not be posting a form to accept requests as in previous years. For families new to Hope, you can indicate any information which would be helpful in making placement decisions on a note that you hand in with your registration paperwork to our office. Class lists were created by the end of the year.
We take our classroom placement decisions very seriously and do our best to create classroom communities that promote the growth and development of each student. Experiences with a variety of teaching styles and classroom environments help develop a student’s ability to apply strategies and adapt to changing situations. We believe that adaptability is the highest form of functionality and your support for your student and teacher is instrumental in your student's success in any environment.
We are very fortunate to have a talented, dedicated, and professional staff that is committed to providing valuable learning experiences for young children. Their efforts, combined with our hard working students and parents who prioritize education help maintain our excellent educational programs that have earned us the California Distinguished School Award for the second time in 2014 and the Gold Ribbon Award in 2016 (the state's highest honor). Thank you for supporting our learning community as our staff works to determine an appropriate placement for your student in the next school year.