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From Ms. Gamba:

March 13, 2017

Dear Walter Reed Middle School,

This letter is to inform you that based on a final review by the Student Integration Services office, Walter Reed MS will be exiting PHBAO (Predominantly Hispanic, Black Asian and Other Not-Anglo) status next school year. The final percentage of Other-White resident students attending Walter Reed Middle School has been at or above 30% in 2015 and 2016. Based on District Court-Ordered Integration guidelines, Walter Reed will exit PHBAO designation and become a Desegregated/Receiver school beginning in the 2017-2018 year.

The data collected from the Fall Ethnic Survey Report analyzes the number of enrolled students by ethnicity. The analysis examines only resident students who attend school and live in the attendance area, and eliminates traveling, permit, open enrollment, and special education students. As we prepare for the Fall 2017 Ethnic Survey Report, families may contact the Attendance office if they would like to review their self-identified ethnicity. Data analyzed from the Fall Survey determines PHBAO eligibility status for the following school year. Therefore, if our ethnicity data from the Fall 2017 Survey indicates that we have less than 30% Other-White resident students attending Walter Reed, then the school would be identified as PHBAO for the following school year of 2018-2019.

As we prepare for transitioning to the Desegregated/Receiver school status, I would like to reassure you that I will be working closely on the Master Schedule for class design to ensure that the increase in class size to 39 (from 34) has minimal impact on our Academy structures and the grade 7-8 looping model. Local District North East is providing guidance and support on our transition and we will be holding a school community meeting on Wednesday, March 15th, at 6:30 pm in the school auditorium to provide information and answer questions related to PHBAO. Please anticipate a flyer providing additional information on this session.

The strengths and successes of Walter Reed are due to the extraordinary hard work and support of our staff and families. I look forward to our continued collaboration to extend the unique academic and experiential opportunities that provide our students with a thriving and nurturing school experience.

Sincerely,

 

Jeanne Gamba, Principal Walter Reed Middle School i gamba@lausd.net (818) 487-7600

 

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