You’ve probably heard that the districts for Fairfield’s Elementary Schools have been redrawn for the 2017-2018 School Year. To make things as easy for you as possible, we’ve assembled everything you need to know right here on this page.
Below, you’ll find the new district maps, all of the policies, and all of the registration forms that you’ll need to make sure you’re set for the start of school in the fall.
If you haven’t filed any application or read up on all of this already, don’t worry. You haven’t missed any deadlines. The first date that you can turn in applications for Open Enrollment is April 6th. For Intradistrict Transfers it’s April 11th. So, check out the information we’ve provided here and, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
Last year, the Fairfield City Schools Board of Education approved a plan to redistrict our 10,000-student school system, effective at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
“We worked diligently to ensure minimal disruption for families, but also to allow for an approximately equal number of students in each of the schools affected by these changes,” said Bill Westerbeck, Director of Transportation.
The shift in boundary lines will accommodate a district reconfiguration that is part of a major construction project that began almost two years ago. The project includes replacing Central Elementary and the Freshman School – two of the district’s oldest buildings, and constructing Compass Elementary School – the district’s sixth elementary school – across from the Senior High School on Holden Boulevard.
Changes For This Fall:
The district will open six elementary schools for kindergarten through fifth grade: North and East in Fairfield Township, and Central, Compass, South, and West in the City of Fairfield.
The district will open two middle schools for sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
- Creekside Middle School is the new name for the current middle school building on Nilles Road.
- Crossroads Middle School is the new name for the current Intermediate School on Donald Drive.
The new Freshman School will open adjacent to the Senior High School, making it a true high school campus.
“A great deal of thought and effort went into creating this plan,” said Superintendent Billy Smith. “This is a very exciting time for our district, and we are fortunate to live in an area which supports building new school buildings for our community.”
New District Boundary Maps
|West Elementary District Map|
|South Elementary District Map|
|Central Elementary District Map|
|Compass Elementary District Map|
|East Elementary District Map|
|North Elementary District Map|
Q: Why are we redistricting?
A: Redistricting is necessary to assist with the reconfiguration of our school district and to accommodate the new Compass Elementary School, as well as the creation of the two middle schools – Creekside and Crossroads. Additionally, it will help balance enrollment in our elementary and middle schools. Redistricting usually occurs with construction of schools, or when schools are closed.
Q: Which elementary schools will transition to Creekside Middle, and which will transition to Crossroads Middle?
A: West, South and Central Elementary Schools will feed into Creekside Middle School on Nilles Road.
North, East, and Compass Elementary Schools will feed into Crossroads Middle School on Donald Drive.
Q: If my student must change schools because of redistricting, can my child request to stay in his/her current school?
A: The district has an intradistrict open enrollment policy (JECBD) that permits students to apply to attend the school of their choice outside their assigned attendance area, and based upon certain criteria as outlined in the policy. Applications for intradistrict transfers need to be received by the principal of the school you are transferring to between April 11 and May 4, 2017. Variables that would deny acceptance include (but are not limited to) building capacity; racial imbalance; missed application deadline; disciplinary action involving the student.
Open Enrollment and Intradristrict Transfer Forms
|Intradistrict Transfer Packet|
|New Open Enrollment Applicant Letter|
|Renewal Open Enrollment Applicant Letter|
|Open Enrollment Application|
|Policy for Admission of Open Enrollment Students|
|Regulations for the Admission of Open Enrollment Students|
Q: With fifth grade returning to the elementary schools, what will happen to the Visions program?
A: We will continue to meet the needs of our students with superior cognitive needs. The reconfiguration of the schools will allow for more students to participate in advanced, enriching and engaging learning opportunities. Our Department of Curriculum and Instruction will host parent meetings in the fall to share additional information.
Q: Will the district transition to an all-day kindergarten program under this new proposal?
A: We will not move to all-day kindergarten because our facilities cannot accommodate the number of students, and because of the cost to expand the program.
Q: How will the redistricting impact High School busing?
A: There are no plans to offer busing to the high school. We will continue to bus students in grades K-9, which is above what the state requires.
Students who are in the attendance zones for Compass Elementary, North Elementary, or East Elementary will attend preschool at East Elementary.
Students who are in the attendance zones for South Elementary, West
Elementary, or Central Elementary will attend preschool at West Elementary.
Important Note: Please be aware that every effort will be made to adhere to the above preschool attendance guidelines. However, if East Elementary preschool is filled, then a preschool student may have to attend West Elementary preschool. In addition, if West Elementary preschool is filled, then a preschool student may have to attend East Elementary preschool.