Quartz Hill – Applications are in for the new Gregg Anderson School. With more than 900 applications and only 733 seats available, Westside Union School District held a lottery Wednesday afternoon for the random selection of students. Parents and students gathered at Hillview Middle School to watch the projector for their name to appear.
Gregg Anderson School will open in the fall of 2012 providing specialized curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). As Gregg Anderson School is a “school of choice,” all students in the district were eligible to apply for an intra-district transfer, regardless of where they live.
Westside utilized a computer database to sort applicants by their current school, randomize them and select names accordingly. Preference was given to the siblings of accepted students in an effort to keep families in the same school.
“This groundbreaking new school will give its students a tremendous focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” stated Westside Union School District Superintendent Gina Rossall. “Westside continues to provide unique opportunities that cannot be matched. It’s a great program with many students eager to attend. We love our students and wish we could accept every one of them.”
Gregg Anderson School will have an initial student population of 800, including mainstream students and those with severe special needs. Early this fall, the District appointed Shelly Dearinger, former principal of Sundown Elementary, as principal of Gregg Anderson School. The school is located at the corner of Rancho Vista Blvd and Avenue N-8.
(Information via press release from Westside Union School District)