Welcome to my webpage about Arlington’s school enrollment challenges. In the last four years we have added 534 students to the Arlington Public Schools–an 11% increase. In the next five years we are projected to add an additional 532 students, amounting to a 23% increase in less than ten years. Arlington’s school population is increasing because our town is a wonderful place to live with nine really fabulous schools. At the visioning meeting in January Arlingtonians told us that they valued our neighborhood schools, academic excellence, and economic and cultural diversity. On the Town side participants spoke fondly about Arlington’s small town feel, walkability, open spaces, arts and recreational programs, and restaurants. Personally I felt at home in Arlington as soon as I moved here eight years ago, and though I value all the items mentioned above, what I most love about Arlington are its people.
In the tabs is information on enrollment numbers and options, as well as past email updates. I have tried to be fair in presenting this information. To the extent that there is bias the failure is is entirely mine. This is not an official School Committee webpage.
I look forward to continuing to hear everyone’s thoughts and concerns as we approach what are genuinely difficult decisions for our town. Despite disagreements we are all people of good will who care deeply about Arlington. The people I hear from every day are passionate about education and about our town. Whatever our final decisions turn out to be we will be a stronger community for having gone through such a careful, considered and thoughtful process.
If you are interested in receiving updates about issues in the Arlington Public Schools please click on the link above titled “email list.” I generally send emails out about twice a month.