Reminder: First public forum Sept. 19
Folsom families are invited to join us for our first public forum to solicit additional feedback on proposed Folsom school attendance boundary revisions:
When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19
Where: Folsom High School multipurpose room (1655 Iron Point Rd)
What will be the format of the forum?
The evening’s agenda will include three parts:
Answers to common questions received so far, and review of scenarios
Small group analysis of three boundary scenarios: pros, cons, and ideas
Where can I review feedback from the recent Thoughtexchange survey?
Click here to see an interactive report on top-rated thoughts and common themes.
What scenarios will be discussed at Thursday’s forum?
The District used feedback collected from Aug. 22-30 as well as staff enrollment projections to choose four scenarios to discuss in more depth at our Sept. 19 public forum:
Whatever changes are adopted, will the District make any exemptions for some students?
The District intends to recommend to the Board of Education a policy that would allow students to finish their educational careers at the high school they are currently attending, and which would also allow current eighth-graders at Folsom Middle to attend Vista del Lago next year on a space-available basis. See the full draft language here. Note: This is just a draft proposal. The Board of Education will make the final decision.
Can’t make it? If you can’t make it on Sept. 19, our next forum will be Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at Folsom Middle School (note changed location).
Thoughtexchange Feedback: May 2019
We launched a Thoughtexchange to solicit feedback from Folsom families regarding our first set of attendance boundary revision proposals. Feedback collected from Aug. 22-30 has been considered to help narrow down proposed changes. You can explore the results of this exchange with the interactive tools below.
Click here to see an interactive report on top-rated thoughts and common themes.
Survey Results: May 2019
From May 22-30, the District distributed its first survey to all Folsom families with children enrolled in our schools. The survey asked participants to rank priorities they believed should be given highest consideration as we redraw boundaries. It also asked for questions and feedback about the process.
Nearly 3,600 participants responded to the survey, which was distributed by email and text message.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are answers to the most common questions we received during our process. We’ll continue to update this page as we move through the community engagement process (see timeline, right).
Why does the District want to change attendance boundaries in Folsom?
With two similar-sized, large middle schools feeding into two, different-sized high schools, existing feeder patterns have created overcrowding issues at Vista del Lago High School. Boundary changes will help our Folsom schools maintain the level of excellence our families have come to expect by better balancing enrollment capacity at our schools.
What are the proposed boundary changes?
The District released its first set of proposed maps on Aug. 22 and distributed an accompanying survey. The District used feedback collected from Aug. 22-30 as well as staff enrollment projections to narrow down proposed changes. Here are the three scenarios that will be discussed in more depth at our Sept. 19 public forum:
- Blanche Sprentz and Folsom Hills to Folsom Middle and Folsom High School
- Oak Chan to Folsom Middle and Folsom High School
- Gold Ridge to Sutter Middle and Vista del Lago; Blanche Sprentz and Folsom Hills to Folsom Middle and Folsom High
Has the District asked for input from potentially impacted families?
The District has distributed two surveys - one in May 2019, the other in August 2019 - that generated a combined 5,347 participants.
Will there be public forums where my voice can be heard?
- Thursday, Sept. 19 6-8 p.m., Folsom High School Multipurpose Room
- Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m., Folsom Middle School Multipurpose Room
How soon will changes go into effect?
No adopted changes will take effect until the 2020-21 school year.
Will any impacted families be exempt from the changes (grandfathered) in the 2020-21 school year?
The District intends to recommend to the Board of Education a policy that would allow students to finish their educational careers at the high school they are currently attending, and which would also allow current eighth-graders at Folsom Middle to attend Vista del Lago next year on a space-available basis.
See the full draft language here. Note: This is just a draft proposal. The Board of Education will make the final decision.
Taking into consideration input from families, the District believes this recommendation will reduce disruption on families while balancing the need to create capacity relief at the most impacted schools.
Why was Vista del Lago designed to have such lower enrollment capacity than Folsom High?
Vista was built to accommodate the number of projected students generated by housing development. Today, the combined capacities of both high schools still provide enough space to house Folsom secondary students, but existing feeder patterns are sending too many students to Vista del Lago.
Do we allow non-Folsom resident students to attend Folsom schools?
Students who reside within a school’s attendance boundaries always have first priority in enrollment. After that, transfers from other schools inside or outside of the District are considered on a space-available basis.
Last year, the Board of Education approved criteria to determine additional registration priorities for the upcoming school year (2019-20). The priorities were developed to help Vista del Lago and District keep enrollment at a cap of between 1,850-1900 students - a short-term, temporary solution to help alleviate overcrowding.
Click here to review the previously approved registration criteria.
Current and incoming Vista del Lago students who live within the school’s attendance area were given top priority. The school continues to deny new Inter-District Transfer Permits (outside FCUSD boundaries) or new School Choice (inside FCUSD boundaries) requests at any grade level.
Additionally, the school required three verified proofs of residency during registration, and it also conducted a residency audit.
Will new boundaries affect my ability to choose special programs for my child, such as the FLES program or the Academy for Advanced Learning?
Families will still have the option to apply for these programs regardless of their attendance boundaries, and space availability will continue to be an enrollment factor.
Will development South of Highway 50 impact enrollment projections or boundaries? Has the District adequately accounted for planned residential growth in Folsom?
Development South of 50 will not affect north of 50 boundaries. Sandra J. Gallardo is currently the elementary school for students in grades K-5 living South of 50 until the new Mangini Ranch Elementary School opens. Folsom Middle and Folsom High schools are the schools for students in grades 6-12 living South of 50 until new secondary schools are completed. Both Folsom Middle and Folsom High schools have the capacity to house these students.
When will the District build new schools to accommodate growth?
The first school to be built South of 50 will be an elementary school. Additional elementary schools, a high school and a middle school will be built next as housing growth dictates. Those plans are in development. Here is more information.
A school must have enough enrollment to support its operating expenses - teachers, custodians, bus drivers, and utilities for example. It takes about 250 students to open an elementary school, about 450 students to open a middle school, and about 650 to open a high school. It is anticipated that it will be several years before new housing developments South of 50 generate enough high school students to support the operation of a new school.
Why can’t the District add capacity (portables, new construction, etc.) to Vista del Lago?
There is little available land on which to expand Vista del Lago. Additionally, new, permanent construction additions to existing schools can cost millions of dollars, and currently no funding source exists for such a project.
Relocatable classrooms, or portables, are sometimes used when school buildings have reached their maximum capacity, providing some relief from overcrowding in classrooms, but increased challenges in cafeterias, playgrounds and parking lots. The District strives to make a boundary recommendation that considers reduced reliance on portables.
Questions? Contact the Communication & Community Engagement office at (916) 294-9000 ext. 104530.