Assignment of Students to Elementary Schools

Elementary School Zones

Piedmont is divided into three zones for the purpose of determining the attendance area for each elementary school. New students are admitted to the schools serving the zones in which they live, unless space is not available. For enrollment information, please contact an Administrative Assistant at one of the elementary schools:

  • Beach Elementary School: 510-594-2666 (Megan Nakahara)
  • Havens Elementary School: 510-594-2680 (Cheryl Vaughn)
  • Wildwood Elementary School: 510-594-2780  (Christine Petersen) 

Balancing Class and State and Local Class Size Reduction

Each year, it is anticipated that each school will have several classes at each grade level. In order to balance class sizes throughout the elementary schools and to comply with state and local class size reduction program guidelines, it is sometimes necessary for new enrollees and/or continuing students to be placed at a school other than the school serving the zone in which they live. All students affected by this will be notified by the principal. Students may be transferred to another school up to the first two weeks of the new school year. At the end of the school year, students who have been placed in another school will have the choice of remaining at that school or returning to the zone, provided there is space.

Grades 1-5: Should it become necessary, students will be selected for redirection in the following order:

a.    Volunteers – All families in the affected class will be given the option of volunteering to have their child redirected. Should more children volunteer than are needed, transfers will be granted in the order received.
b.    New Enrollees – In determining which new enrollees should be redirected, the following factors will be taken into consideration: enrollment date, proximity of student’s residence to the zone school, and school assignment for siblings.
c.    Inter-district transfer students
d.    Random selection

Kindergarten:  Parents will be notified of the possibility that their child may be redirected at elementary registration, kindergarten orientation, the end of the school year, and after new student summer registration. Should it become necessary to redirect kindergarten students, the following procedure will be used:

a.    Volunteers – All families in the affected class will be given the option of volunteering to have their child redirected. Should more children volunteer than are needed, transfers will be granted in the order received.
b.    Redirection by the school district – In deciding which students to redirect, the district will consider a variety of factors including, but not limited to: registration date, proximity of student’s residence to the zone school, and sibling(s).

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