Dear Ashland Parents/Guardians,
At the end of each school year, we begin to plan for the upcoming school year. One big area is student placement into classes.
Our grade level, resource, counselors, encore, special education teachers and administration work together as a team to place all of the grade level students into class groupings that are balanced based on ability levels. There are a variety of factors that we look at in placing students such as special programs, gender, and academic progress.
Placement of students is an important decision and we take it very seriously. We try to place all students with the right mix of peers and a teacher that provides them with the optimal learning environment. The administrative team takes in feedback and works with teachers to finalize the groupings and match the groupings with teachers.
Your input is important in helping us ensure that your child is placed in the most appropriate setting. Please share with us any information that you feel is needed in making this decision. It is very important to note, however, that we cannot accept any specific teacher requests. All of our teachers are passionate and are dedicated to doing their best for all of their students. In placing students, we will look at individual learning styles, class make up, and how teachers best support individual learning needs.
You can share your input with us in a number of ways:
- Talk informally with your child’s classroom teacher.
- Write a letter, email, or note to me about your child’s classroom placement.
- Call us to discuss your concerns or thoughts via the phone.
Some areas to include in the letter are as follows:
- Academic strengths and/or weaknesses in reading, writing, and/or math
- Personality traits
- Organizational skills and work habits
- Any medical needs or accommodations
- Classroom environmental concerns
I guarantee that we will review every single piece of information about placement that comes to us and use it the best we can for placement.
Generally,placement will be mostly done by the end of the year, so please let us know by then if you have input. I will make any changes as needed during the summer. We will also place all of the new students being registered over the summer. If you are a new student/parent, please feel free to write a letter, note, email, or talk with me about your child in regards to how we can best place them with a class and teacher.
Letters go home in early to mid-August telling you who your child's teacher will be for the upcoming school year.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff. If you have any questions, please contact me via phone at 703.583.8774 or via emailat firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Jacks, Principal