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Old 09-16-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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The issue in Arlington that I've actually understood to prompt more discussion is whether portions of the current W-L attendance area will get rezoned to Wakefield when that school is renovated. Right now, the enrollment at W-L is growing, and the enrollment at Wakefield is considerably smaller than the enrollment at either Yorktown or W-L.
My prediction: there are South Arlington neighborhoods much closer to Wakefield that were moved to W-L in a controversial boundary change sometime in the mid-90s, when the boundaries of all three high schools changed. Those neighborhoods that are within walking distance of Wakefield as well as Glencarlyn just south of rt. 50 will probably go back to Wakefield. According to the county's fall projections, Wakefield is just over 1,300 and growing at a very slow rate while W-L is over 2,000 and growing by about 100 students/year. The new Wakefield high school will have room for close to 2,000 so a boundary shift is inevitable. The current Wakefield building is actually large enough to accomodate many more students with a capacity of close to 3,000 I believe, but sending W-L students to the old Wakefield building could be controversial. The new Wakefield will open in 2013.

A few months ago, one of the advisory councils recommended adjusted high school boundaries to reflect enrollment projections and overcrowding, but it did not specify when any changes would take place. The school board is open to the idea. The new Yorktown and W-L buildings are not large enough to accomodate the projected population increases in North Arlington.

It's worthy to note that Arlington has an open enrollment policy. Schools can accept out-of-boundary transfers as long as they make up no more than 5% of the school population. This year only Wakefield and Yorktown accepted out-of-boundary transfers through the open enrollment process.
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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It seems to me that Arlington needs another HS. Yorktown and WL are actually really close to each other. Yet the east side of the county is quite far from any HS.
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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It seems to me that Arlington needs another HS. Yorktown and WL are actually really close to each other. Yet the east side of the county is quite far from any HS.
I looked at the map, and saw a great site, but then realized the Pentagon was there.

Hmm - guess that calls for Plan B.
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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I looked at the map, and saw a great site, but then realized the Pentagon was there.

Hmm - guess that calls for Plan B.

A specialized magnet focusing on the Defense industry?
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:25 AM
 
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Arlington has no plans for a new high school, but they plan to build one or two new elementary schools in the northern part of the county. The N Arlington elementary schools are overcrowded and growing year after year.

Arlington's high schools had around 3,000 students each back in the 60s, and they were 10-12 grade schools. I doubt Arlington will ever reach those levels again, but W-L and Yorktown will add about 600 students between now and 2015 with the current hs boundaries. Wakefield's population at the current hs boundaries will remain far below its building capacity of around 2,000 for the foreseeable future, but with the relatively moderate prices for homes in S Arlington, Wakefield may eventually grow beyond the current projections. Since W-L and Yorktown can't build additions to their new buildings, I expect boundary changes to take place. It's the only sensible thing to do. No school will stuff 500 students into trailers.

The growing schools in the northern part of the county reflect the increasing popularity of Arlington among young families, including those who left DC, but wanted to stay close to the city. The school system had no way of predicting this back in the early-mid 00s when the replacement high schools were planned. The three high schools had been below 1,500 students each for about two decades before this recent influx of kids.
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Old 09-17-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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gtownorbust, Here are some other N and S Arlington options in your range in the W-L and Yorktown hs districts that you inquired about. The schools are growing, but I wouldn't worry about overcrowding; Arlington has always kept its class sizes small. Most of these homes are a short walk or bus ride to metro. The buses are popular with commuters. Good luck in your search. Silver Spring/Takoma park, MD is another area close to metro and DC that I recommend checking out. Excellent, very diverse public magnet schools, and much cheaper than Bethesda.

A short walk to e falls church metro

House in the Bluemont/Westover area 2A metrobus to Ballston metro or walk to metro

"Colonial" house in dominion hills 1A-Z metrobuses to ballston metro

"Colonial" house in dominion hills 1A-Z metrobuses to ballston

House in Madison Manor 1A-Z metrobuses to Ballston metro

House in Ballston. short walk to W-L HS and Ballston metro

Waverly Hills house. ART62 bus or a 15 min walk to ballston metro and short walk to W-L

Waverly Hills bungalow. short walk to W-L. walk or ART62 and 52 bus to ballston metro

Arlington Forest home near Ballston metro, walk or 22A metrobus to Ballston metro and 4A/H bus along rt 50 to DC

Arlington Forest home near Ballston metro and 4A/H metrobus along rt 50 to DC or ART 75 bus to Ballston metro

Glencarlyn in South Arlington, near rt 50 buses and ART 75 bus to ballston
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:50 PM
 
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I looked at the map, and saw a great site, but then realized the Pentagon was there.

Hmm - guess that calls for Plan B.
ACPS could convert Aurora Hills Park into a high school. Most of the land in the park is used for soccer fields, basketball courts, and baseball diamonds. There's also a library/senior center and some playgrounds. This space could be reconfigured to build a schoolhouse in the center, then keep some of the fields for sports and add some parking.
Then we would have two high schools in S Arlington, compared to the three in N. Arlington (Yorktown, W-L, and HB Woodlawn)
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