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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

School District to Close, Combine Several Hippie Schools in NE Seattle

posted by on October 28 at 18:11 PM

Tomorrow, the Seattle School District will announce a plan to close Alternative School #1 in the Pinehurst neighborhood. The district will also convert Summit K-12 in Lake City, near Pinehurst, to a middle school.

The district, like every other public agency on the planet, is facing a budget crisis and has been looking for a solution to overcrowding in north-end schools. Under the plan, AS #1’s building will be repurposed as a traditional elementary school. Summit would also likely absorb students from nearby Eckstein Middle School and become a traditional middle school.

Parents at Summit have been lobbying the district to keep the school intact, citing Summit’s numerous arts programs, improved WASL scores, organic garden and apparent status as the only K-12 school in the state.

Summit parents have also been circulating a letter, complaining—as parents often do—that they haven’t been adequately included in the district’s discussions about the future of the school.

Summit’s Jane Addams building can house 800 students—it currently only has about 500—while AS #1 is attended by about 200 students.

The change could come as early as next year.

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any mention of the new location for as1 and summit?

Posted by jkjk | October 28, 2008 6:34 PM
Posted by Renee | October 28, 2008 8:26 PM

The ditrict is not announcing anything tomorrow. In fact, the plans for AS#1 and Summit are not even close to being finalized. It's not until next month that a vote will be held.

Posted by Dave | October 28, 2008 8:40 PM

"Fuckin hippies don't know shit about fuckall."

.... and then the only school they get into is TESC. Ha ha ha.

Posted by local greener | October 28, 2008 8:41 PM

But hey, Summit has an *organic* garden.

Any ideas other than hippieness why that would be listed as a reason to keep the school intact as-is?

This town needs an enema.

Posted by cinenaut | October 28, 2008 8:43 PM

well Beavus,

You know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

As you goose-step into your future, you may (eventually, with the wisdom gained from experience and years) have cause to look back and BE GLAD that some resisted conform-or-be-cast-out test-mania. "One size fits all" education works only if humans are all "the same".

Maybe you should read the bios of Fortune 500 CEOs - how many were stars in traditional high school?

Not that money guarantees happiness. Maybe those that choose alt ed. are trying to ensure that their kids are emotionally intelligent (check it out on Wikipedia), vs. book-smart.

Posted by Dad | October 28, 2008 9:33 PM

What about T.T. Minor? It has less than 200 students...

Posted by schoolmarm | October 28, 2008 9:35 PM

well, you know why the schools in the north end are so crowded, don't you? they're full of refugees from the crappy schools in the south end of town.

Posted by southerner | October 28, 2008 9:47 PM

The schools in south seattle are not crappy, they are just part of a system of systematic re-segregation. You Seattle-ites may think you are so frickin progressive, but why are there some schools that have 95% children of color and others that are the inverse? That is not a coincidence. What they are trying to do to Summit is more of the same. Rich, white a-holes pushing kids out of schools that have a large number of free and reduced lunch and minority students.

BTW - right on "Dad"!

Posted by peeved | October 28, 2008 9:59 PM

Well, so much for that.
I attended at AS#1, and it was approaching the end of its glory days by the time I left. At that time it was a very creative place to be. But I think it was on its last legs.

Still. They tried really hard.

Posted by stilettov | October 28, 2008 10:31 PM

Huh. I could swear the Jane Addams building held more than 800 students when I went there (it was still Jane Addams Junior High then -- not long before Addams became a middle school and then closed). I think there were 1100 students, unless I'm remembering incorrectly. We couldn't have assemblies with the whole student body in attendance at once, because we didn't all fit in the auditorium. And that auditorium is big. But we also had a bunch of portable buildings in back that I think are gone now, so that is part of why the capacity was higher then, probably.

Posted by litlnemo | October 29, 2008 5:53 AM

@3 who says no it isn't happenening (yet) - i wonder if jspanglee still works for the district or has connections who reported back from an all hands on deck meeting the sup't had yesterday from 3:30-5:30.

hard to imagine they'd just announce it as a done deal since they have to do all kinds of due process with public meetings (state law) - but maybe the announcement is that the process is going to start.

special school board meeting today.

Posted by momster | October 29, 2008 8:46 AM

Politically savvy NE Seattle parents have been lobbying for this for will happen. Also, once they find out about this post, you will get lots of Bryant parents talking about "education for all" and why they are not elitists.

Posted by hippie chick | October 29, 2008 9:05 AM

@ cinenaut & peeved a couple of Summit stats that Jonah Spangenthal-Lee didn't bother to do any research on Summit or he might have mentioned:
1) there are two parts to the Summit program one is arts second is social justice and they are the only public school in the state with a curriculum dedicate to either of these let alone both.
2) Summit encourages financial, ethnic and educational ability diversity.
3) (49%) get free or reduced lunch (58%) are from split or single parent homes.
4) Summit’s population is only 51% white, an intentionally tries to encourage as much ethnic diversity is possible
5) Any student in King County can go there & will receive bus transportation if needed
6) It is a k-12 school so includes ALL ages of kids and multi-grade classrooms.
7)in the 24 years since Summit has been in this building over $300,000 of parent raised money has been invested in the Jane Adams building to make it a suitable place for arts education. That money, effort and in a few cases bequest money will all stay at the school, none of the facilities it bought will transfer.

If these types of programs and community dedication are what make "hippie" schools then we should all be so lucky to have a hippie school in the neighborhood.

Posted by 3CountyLaugh | October 30, 2008 8:22 AM

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