Side note:: The map below doesn't seem to include any area currently in the Hillsboro school district which is likely to be swapped into the Beaverton school district before SCM HS opens in 2017. As a result, the SCM HS district will likely extend further to the west than what is shown.
FOCUS ON | School boundary changes
BEAVERTON: In preparation for the 2017 opening of its new high school in South Cooper Mountain, Beaverton is realigning the boundaries of all five existing high schools and will move thousands of students to different schools.
The district released the preliminary iteration of future high school boundaries Thursday. Whether it changes significantly or slightly is up to a committee of 15 representatives from all five high schools.
The Boundary Advisory Committee will spend the next several months weighing enrollment, poverty, proximity, and other demographics before fine tuning the boundaries to balance out, as best as they can, the mix of students at each high school. Ultimately, Superintendent Jeff Rose will decide in the spring whether to accept the committee’s recommendation or make additional changes.
The boundary changes will take place at the start of the 2017-18 school year but will not affect that year’s seniors. The district has about 7,800 students in grades 9-11 but not all will be moved.
Beaverton High would lose about 75 percent of its existing area. It’s the biggest change of the five high schools, but it does retain the area around Raleigh Park Elementary. The boundary shifts substantially to the north, taking in a large portion of what is currently Sunset High territory and a small section of Westview’s.
The boundary would eliminate a long-held partnership with Vose Elementary and Whitford Middle School, said Principal Anne Erwin.
“We appear to have one of the greatest community disruptions,” Erwin said, adding that the area around Raleigh Hills and Garden Home have been part of the school for 100 years.
Erwin suggested one of the parameters to consider is to better balance the land swaps.
“So all of us give and take in equal proportions.”
— Wendy Owen