Laveen schools provide a high quality educational experience with superb educational programs, the latest instructional technologies, a nurturing climate, and outstanding teachers. Each school also offers a unique signature program such as performing arts, dual language instruction, or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
To provide families with more flexibility and choice of schools, the Governing Board has approved opening all school boundaries within the Laveen School District beginning in the 2017-18 school year. This change creates a single shared attendance boundary, the district boundary, to serve all eight schools. Residents of our district may now enroll their child in any Laveen school of their choosing without having to go through the open-enrollment process. (Paseo Pointe School and Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy have additional enrollment requirements.)
Existing families wishing to stay at their current school
Residents (families that live within the Laveen School District boundary) that currently have children enrolled in a Laveen school will not be directly impacted. Unless you indicate otherwise, we will assume that your child will remain at his/her current school and no action is needed on your part. New incoming siblings will be given enrollment priority at the same school. Non-residents (families that live outside the Laveen School District boundary) will need to reapply annually for open enrollment per current practice.
Existing families wishing to change schools
Currently enrolled families wishing to change schools will have an opportunity to apply to a different school. Families wishing to change schools will need to complete a new registration packet. Within this packet you will be asked to select your top three school choices. Enrollment at a different school is subject to space availability. Packets are due April 14 and must be turned in to the office of your first choice school. Placement decisions will be made May 1.
Registration packets received after the April 14 deadline will be processed later. Packets are available online and at each school’s front office. Changing schools within the school year is generally discouraged. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis and at the sole discretion of the district when determined to be in the best interest of the student.
Families new to the Laveen School District
Families new to the Laveen School District, that will be enrolling their children for the 2017-18 school year, will be asked to complete a registration packet and to select their top three school choices in order of preference. Placement decisions will be made beginning May 1.
Placement is subject to available space and is based on the following priorities:
- Students enrolled the previous school year
- Siblings of students enrolled
- Students living within the walk or transportation zones of the school
- Children of employees
- Students living within the district boundary and not included in any of the above categories
- Students living outside the district boundary and not included in any of the above categories
Students that currently walk to school and students that are currently bused to their neighborhood school will continue to do so. Bus transportation will continue to be offered to students living within a school’s transportation zone.
Paseo Pointe’s dual language immersion (DLI) program has become so popular that moving forward the school will transition to a full dual language immersion school. Details of the plan are as follows.
Dual Language Immersion
Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, all incoming kindergarten students must qualify for and enroll in the DLI program. The program will roll up a grade level each year until it is K-8.
Families wishing to stay at Paseo Pointe
Families that currently have children enrolled in Paseo Pointe will not be directly impacted by the open boundaries. Unless otherwise indicated, we will assume that your child will remain at his/her current school. Incoming siblings will be given enrollment priority, however starting in the 2017-18 school year, incoming kindergartners must enroll in the DLI program.
Families wishing to change schools
Currently enrolled families wishing to change schools will have an opportunity to apply to a different school in April. Placement decisions will be made in May.
Students that currently walk to school and students that are currently bused Paseo Pointe will continue to do so. Two new transportation options will be available for Paseo families in addition to the options that already exist. Busing to Desert Meadows will be provided for families living between 51st Avenue and 59th Avenue and between Dobbins and Baseline. Busing to Cheatham will be provided for families living between 51st Avenue and 59th Avenue between Baseline and Southern. View the 2017-18 proposed transportation zones.
Vista del Sur
Vista del Sur has its own enrollment schedule. It is an accelerated school and students must take an assessment prior to enrolling.
History of opening school boundaries
In December 2016, the Governing Board and district administration first studied the possibility of opening school boundaries as a response to changes that are anticipated to affect the Laveen community in the near future. The construction of the South Mountain 202 freeway will accelerate development, bringing more residents and businesses to the area. There is also an increasing desire of parents to enroll their children in signature programs and schools of choice. A public forum was held in January to answer questions and gain feedback from the community.