Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many schools are in the district and what grade levels are currently housed at each school?

  • Why is the district conducting the enrollment balancing project?

  • What prior steps did the District take to address this imbalance?

  • How is this project linked to the kindergarten study?

  • What is the timeline for the project?

  • How can I follow the progress of, and stay up to date on this project?

  • What opportunities did the community have to provide feedback regarding possible options to balance enrollment and implement the extended kindergarten day program?

  • How was the board-appointed advisory committee formed?

  • What are potential long-term solutions to address the enrollment imbalance?

  • What types of models are currently being analyzed?

  • Was an extreme model - doing nothing or closing a school - among the viable models considered?

  • How were the Guiding Principles developed and how were they used?

  • What steps were taken prior to a recommendation being crafted for the School Board?

  • When was the committee's recommendation approved by the School Board and when will it be implemented?

  • What feedback methods were available during Phase I of the EBP?

Enrollment Balancing Project Overview

  • two students building a structure with sticks and glue To address imbalanced attendance patterns at the three District 36 elementary schools, forecast enrollment trends, and identify anticipated future space needs, the School Board of the Winnetka Public Schools began the Enrollment Balancing Project in summer 2016. Demographers and geographers from McKibben Demographic Research, LLC, and Cropper GIS developed potential models to immediately address the current enrollment imbalance (Phase I) and identify solutions to support the long-term needs of the District (Phase II).

    In fall 2016, the School Board established an Advisory Committee of staff, parents, and community members to evaluate the feasibility of these models and collaborate on the decision-making process before the Board took action on Phase I. Before any decisions were made, staff, parents, and community members were invited to share feedback at input sessions held in the fall and winter. At the January 24, 2017, Board Meeting, the School Board unanimously approved the Board Advisory Committee’s recommendation that All Crow Island Kindergarten students attend another District school. This is effective starting with the 2017-2018 school year.

    group of students building a lego structure This Phase I solution for the Enrollment Balancing Project is expected to be in place as the Board identifies a long-term Phase II solution to address imbalanced enrollment. Phase II planning is underway and includes an Educational Master Facility Plan, the District’s first in 20 years. Throughout this process, the Board is committed to maintaining high quality programming, engaging staff and community members, providing clear information, and listening and responding to feedback.

    Throughout this process, the Board is committed to maintaining high quality programming, engaging staff and community members, providing clear information, and listening and responding to feedback.