Customer Spotlight: Upper Merion Area School District Redistricts and Modernizes

Posted by Ron Van OrdenO


Background

Upper Merion Area School District, a K-12 district in eastern Pennsylvania, was in the middle of a redistricting effort when they contracted with us. Upper Merion had closed an older elementary school for modernization and were constructing a brand new elementary facility. The goals for this project included:

  • Accommodating the reopening of the modernized school facility
  • Creating a new attendance area for a new school building, increasing the number of elementary campuses from four to five
  • Incorporating the transition from half-day kindergarten to full-day kindergarten across the district for the first time

Challenge

The challenge was to create balanced enrollment across the district for their five elementary schools and clearly communicate these changes to all families and students affected.

Solution

Upper Merion leveraged our robust technology, including enrollment analytics and redistricting analysis tools, and utilized their boundary consultants throughout the process. Our consultants worked alongside district leadership as they created different viable boundary scenarios using our Location Analytics solution’s boundary creation capabilities.

A key component of the redistricting process was providing 10-year enrollment projections. Residential Development Research was incorporated in order to provide Upper Merion with a picture of student enrollment from new housing in the district. Combining these two facets of the Location Analytics solution set the stage for utilization of the geographic area projections tool, which provided enrollment projections for any defined geographic area such as new school boundaries.

As the project reached the community outreach phase, we provided current mailing lists for those students affected by changes in elementary boundaries and customized the MySchoolLocator online app to reflect the new boundaries so parents were able to quickly and easily find their assigned school’s based on the new elementary boundaries.

Result

The result was an efficient, smooth transition to new schools, new programs, and new boundaries that has greatly enhanced the educational experience for all students in the Upper Merion Area School District.

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