This Fall, BISD to Have 6th Grade in Some Elementary Schools

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Big changes are coming to one local school district after a study showed fifth graders may be struggling to adapt to crowded middle schools….

“We’re looking at reconfiguration of some of our elementary schools,” said Esperanza Zendejas, Superintendent of Brownsville Independent School District. 

BISD boasts a student population of almost 47,000 students, leading some middle schools to become overcrowded.

“The district is going through a process to analyze enrollment data and to see if we can pilot some schools where they keep six grade students,” Zendejas said. “The middle school is allowed to have more space to do more creative things.”

But crowded hallways and classrooms is not the only reason for the change, data shows that from fifth grade to sixth grade student academic performance drops in reading and math, which is in part attributed to changes from elementary school to middle school. 

“If we have the room and parents would like to see their students be at the elementary level for another year, why not?” she said.

But those aren’t the only changes coming to BISD.

“The district is embarking on a process to implement elementary academies,” Zendejas said, including programs in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math), Montessori, Visual Arts, Performing & Communications, Orchestra and Choral, Technology Programming and Speech & Writing. 

“We hope to have a pilot program this coming fall, if not for implementation for the year 2019-2020,” the superintendent said. 

The district will review other program options based on committee recommendations, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees for their approval in order to proceed with training.  
 


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