85% of new Champaign kindergartners get 1st choice
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district is notifying parents of next year's kindergartners which school they'll attend, and officials expect next year's incoming class to be about 800 students.
This year, 85 percent of students received their first-choice schools.
The Champaign school district uses a kindergarten assignment process to determine where students attend.
This year, 94.2 percent students were assigned to one of their top five school choices, according to the school district.
Originally, 42 students were not assigned to a school as a part of that process this spring, but Champaign schools spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart said that number was down to 33 by the time the school district sent letters to parents Friday evening.
"That (number) will continue to change and go down," Stuart said. "We're working individually with those families. We've been able to make some progress."
The school district will add three so-called "bubble" classrooms next fall to accommodate its kindergartners. A bubble classroom adds an extra classroom for one class of students as they proceed through fifth grade.
Next fall, those bubble classrooms will be added to Bottenfield, Barkstall and Carrie Busey elementary schools. Doing so should allow the school district to keep its kindergarten class sizes at 23 students or less.