The Medford School District (MSD) is opening a third middle school in the fall of 2023! Oakdale Middle School! At that time, all sixth graders (excluding Ruch Outdoor Community School) will move to middle schools, offering exciting opportunities for students, and freeing up several classrooms at each of our elementary schools.
We began a process of analyzing possible new school boundaries in 2019 with a committee of staff, MSD family members, and community members. The Attendance Zoning Committee (AZ Committee) was very close to making a recommendation to our MSD Board of Directors when the process was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have now reconvened the AZ Committee, which will make a recommendation for new middle school school boundaries for the 2023-2024 school year to the Medford School District Board of Directors on May 5, 2022. The committee may consider attendance boundaries for elementary and high schools, as needed. Public feedback will be taken in April and May of 2022 (Learn more about our Gallery Walks to view the maps in person below). That feedback will go back to the committee, which will make a recommendation to the Board for a final decision. There will be another opportunity for public feedback at a Medford School Board Hearing at 5:30 pm on May 19, 2022 at North Medford High School. The Board decision is expected on June 2, 2022.
The committee determined its priorities when analyzing potential attendance zones and they are as follows:
- Capacity: reasonably equal for each middle school.
- Continuity of feeder patterns: Cohorts stay largely intact (as much as possible).
- Equitable student populations and opportunities at each school.
- Community voice throughout the process.
Click here to view the AZ Committee charter, which includes detailed information about the process.