This is the place to find information on the restructuring process including your school for the 2019-2020 school year. Please check back often as this page is updated frequently with new information.
You may view a timeline that outlines the restructuring process at this link. The timeline is intended to be an active document. Tasks and events will be added to the timeline as we work through the process and some dates may change as needed. Please check back often to view additional information and events.
Map of All Schools for 2019-2020 School Year
Attendance Boundary Map for Pre K-2 Schools
Attendance Boundary Map for 3rd - 5th Grade Schools
Attendance Boundary Map for 6th - 12th Grade Schools
School Reorganization for 2019-2020
This is an exciting time in the Ferguson-Florissant School District as we prepare for the 2019-2020 school year. District leaders with input from students, staff, and community members have been working through a restructuring process that began nearly two years ago, and was approved by our Board of Education in October 2018. The restructuring process focuses on the bookends of early education and high school, but encompasses all of our schools with revised attendance boundaries, reorganization of grade levels, repurposing of some schools, and the closure of others.
One of the Board’s goals is that the District will serve at least fifty percent of the three and four year olds in our community through our high quality early education program. In August 2019 seven of our elementary schools will be reconfigured to Pre-K to second grade schools. Those schools are Bermuda, Central, Commons Lane, Duchesne, Holman, Parker Road, and Walnut Grove. These schools will focus on preparing children for success as they progress through their education by addressing students’ behavioral and social-emotional needs while providing a solid foundation in reading and math.
Our goal is that all students will be reading on grade level when they enter our third through fifth grade schools. Those 3-5 schools are Berkeley, Combs, Griffith, Halls Ferry, Lee-Hamilton, and Robinwood. After fifth grade, students will begin their middle school experience in one of our sixth grade centers, Johnson-Wabash or Wedgwood located on our middle school campuses where seventh and eighth grade students will attend Ferguson Middle or Cross Keys Middle before reaching the other bookend of their education at McCluer High or McCluer North High, our 9-12 comprehensive high schools.
Secondary students have several opportunities for specialized educational opportunities. McCluer students will have the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Placement Capstone program with courses to develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. McCluer North is presently an International Baccalaureate Candidate school where students will have the opportunity to experience an internationally recognized program of study.
Our middle school STEAM Academy is in its second year. This application school focuses on STEAM fields and provides students deeper learning through project based learning. We look forward to welcoming our first students to the STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley High School in August of 2019. This application based 9-12 high school will open with ninth through eleventh grade students the first year and expand to full 9-12 classes for the 2020-2021 school year. High school STEAM Academy students will build upon the middle school STEAM experience with an emphasis on STEAM fields of study.
Cool Valley will become our Innovation School serving 9-12 grade students using the Big Picture Learning Model of Learning through Interest and Learning through Internships. Two days each week students are out of the building at real-world internships, exploring their interests, and learning through applying the curriculum standards to the work. Three days each week, students are in class with an advisor who guides them through all four years of high school. The advisor supervises the internship experience and ensures that any educational gaps from the internship experience are met through classroom instruction. Prior to graduation, students in the Innovation School write an extensive autobiography and present a defense of learning to a committee who confirms the student is prepared for post secondary success. Big Picture students frequently graduate with certifications to enter a variety of fields with good paying jobs immediately after high school. Big Picture students also graduate prepared for college success, and some even enter Ivy League schools.
These are exciting times in the Ferguson-Florissant School District filled with great opportunity. We believe that all of our students deserve to have a high quality education, and the restructuring process creates that access.
Board Selects Option 2
After much deliberation the Board of Education approved Option 2 at its October 10 meeting. As shown on the map below, Option 2 establishes Pre-Kindergarten to Second Grade schools with full day, full week, early education with certified teachers for all three and four year-olds in the district. These schools will help students build a strong foundation by addressing social-emotional and behavioral needs as well as developing students’ reading ability to prepare them for success in school and life. The plan includes 6th grade buildings on middle school campuses to ease the transition to middle school. Option 2 includes two comprehensive high schools, McCluer and McCluer North, and McCluer South-Berkeley becomes North County’s first STEAM high school. In addition, Cool Valley will become the Innovation School for 6th-12th grade students and will offer unique programs to meet students’ educational needs including career academies and internships. Option 2 includes many other opportunities to provide District students with a great education.
Restructuring Community Meeting- September 26, 2018
Over 450 stakeholders attended the meeting in the McCluer High School Hub. Results of the MGT facilities assessment were presented along with three revised options for the Board's consideration. The Board likely will make its decision regarding these three options at its October 10 meeting.
PowerPoint presented September 26 with facilities assessment and revised options. Click the slide in the scroll bar to pause the presentation.
Key Points from the presentation
• No decision has been made. The Board will make the final decision regarding restructuring, likely at the October 10 Board meeting.
• The Board has received the facilities assessment from MGT Consulting Group. Most of our buildings are in good condition, but some are underutilized.
• The Board, administration, and MGT have listened to feedback from stakeholders across the community.
• The Board understands the deep, long-standing passion for our schools and a desire to preserve memories from the past.
• The Board adopted an Equity Resolution last spring and is committed to providing equitable, high-quality education for all students across the district.
• FFSD is focused on the bookends of early education and high school transformation.
• The Board is committed to preparing students for success in college and beyond.
• Ferguson-Florissant is the birthplace of Parents as Teachers and the district continues its commitment to early education for all children.
• All three options include free, full-day, full-week early education with certified teachers for three and four-year-olds.
• All three options include PreK-2nd grade schools
• All three options include 3rd-5th grade schools.
• All three options include middle school complexes with 6th-grade schools to ease the transition to middle school and mitigate barriers to success and increase access to middle school programming.
• All three options include an Innovation School that will provide innovative, transformative options for students to experience success in a non-traditional environment including in career academies, internships, mentor/instructors.
• All three options include a STEAM high school in Ferguson.
• McCluer North will continue to pursue candidacy as an International Baccalaureate school.
• Attendees’ input will be shared with the Board prior to its decision on any of the options presented.
In April 2018, the Ferguson-Florissant School District held three Town Hall meetings to inform the community, staff, and stakeholders about its plans for restructuring. In case you missed them, please click here to view the videos from each of the town hall meetings.
On February 21, 2018, the Board of Education approved a contract with MGT of America to perform a comprehensive facilities assessment for all of our schools.
School Facilities Survey
We know you are familiar with your children’s schools, and we want your assessment of our facilities too. Please take a moment to respond to the brief survey at the following link.
We are beginning the community meeting phase of our stakeholder engagement. The first of these meetings was held on May 8. 2018, at the Ferguson Municipal Library. In case you've missed any of the previous restructuring meetings, please view our YouTube playlist below of archived videos.
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About the Restructuring Process
On December 4, 2017, the Board of Education and superintendent Dr. Joseph Davis shared information on the process for developing a facilities master plan in a community forum. While no decisions have been made, the Board has directed administration to evaluate District facilities to determine needs for all students to experience a high-quality education. Following a presentation by Board President, Rob Chabot and Superintendent, Dr. Joseph Davis, attendees had an opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Davis and the Board of Education. Due to technical difficulties, the first two attendee questions are not included.
Options for Restructuring