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Update on Centennial and Howard High School Overcrowding Options

January 7th, 2019

After reviewing community feedback, HCPSS will allow students zoned for Centennial and Howard high schools to request reassignment to Glenelg or Marriotts Ridge high schools for the 2019-2020 school year through Policy 9000 Student Residency, Eligibility, Enrollment and Assignment procedures. Additionally, these students can pursue opportunities through Career Academies at the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL), work-based options, and JumpStart dual enrollment options at Howard Community College or the ARL.

Reassigned students would be immediately eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics and other activities as members of the Glenelg or Marriotts Ridge community, as reassignment would fall under a Board of Education approved special exception. Families requesting reassignment would need to provide their own transportation to school. Students and families should email student_reassignment@hcpss.org for additional information.

Additionally, students zoned for Centennial and Howard high schools can choose to participate in academic programming opportunities. Based on interest, HCPSS may add sections of overenrolled courses at ARL. Additional sections of courses, including GT Intern/Mentor, Apprenticeship, Site-Based Work Experience and Work Release, may be offered at Centennial and Howard based on student interest. Through HCPSS JumpStart, students attend high school for one period per day and then spend the majority of the school day at Howard Community College. Rising 11th and 12th graders interested in enrolling in these courses can work with their school counselor.

HCPSS offered three community information sessions and online interest forms to welcome family and student input to best address school overcrowding. Other options that were under consideration proved to be financially infeasible due to low interest.

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