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Fifth Graders Given Option to Attend Middle School

Tours, information session to be held Monday

Stamford, CT | Added on February 19, 2014 At 05:32 PM

To address overcrowding in Stamford’s elementary schools, Stamford Public Schools is offering an option for fifth grade students to attend Rippowam and Scofield Magnet Middle schools.  Approximately 80 fifth grade spots will be added to Scofield Magnet and 100 spots will be added to Rippowam. Students will be chosen through a lottery process. Preference will be given to students with siblings at Scofield and Rippowam and students at elementary schools that are heavily overpopulated. The order of admission to Scofield will be: siblings of students at the school next year; students from Springdale, Newfield, Stark, and Stillmeadow; and then all other students. The order of admission to Rippowam will be: siblings of students who will be at the school next year; students from the attendance areas of Rippowam (Newfield students are in this attendance area); students from Springdale, Stark, and Stillmeadow; and all other students.

According to Stamford Public Schools, this is a one-year plan and admission of a second set of fifth graders in 2015-2016 is to be determined. All fifth grade students who attend Scofield Magnet or Rippowam for the 2014-15 school year will have the opportunity to continue attending these schools through 8th grade. According to the District, in order for this plan to be implemented, there will need to be a minimum of 40 to 50 students or two homerooms per school.


School tours and an information session for all elementary school families will be held at the following times next week:

*February 24- School visit to Rippowam for all elementary schools at 9 a.m.

*February 24- School visit to Scofield Magnet for all elementary schools at 1 p.m. 

*February 24-Informational session for all elementary schools at 7 p.m. in the Government Center 5th floor boardroom.


Lottery timeline:

*March 3- Lottery application deadline

*March 17- Lottery for fifth grade to Rippowam and Scofield

*First week of April- Letters of invitation mailed to parents

*April 15- Deadline for parents to respond


To watch It’s Relevant’s coverage on overcrowding in the City’s schools click here:Board of Education Addresses Overcrowding in Schools

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