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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Norwin School District altering its elementary attendance zones?

The District has experienced significant growth during the past few years. During the 2019-2020 school year, Norwin had 5,302 students, which is one of the highest enrollments in recent history at Norwin. Elementary school capacity has not been able to keep up with that growth, resulting in an imbalance of enrollments among the four K-4 elementary schools.

The elementary schools in the District are quickly approaching their capacities for classroom and support spaces for students. In particular, Hahntown Elementary faces a tremendous challenge to accommodate the growing student population.

When will the new elementary school borders take effect?

The new elementary borders will take effect at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

What will the new school boundaries be starting in the 2021-2022 school year?

Please click here to view the approved K-4 Boundary Map for 2021-2022.

What streets are being redistricted?

Please click here to see the listing of redistricted streets under the 2021-2022 redistricting plan.

How did the District come up with options for redistricting?

The District analyzed current demographics and projected growth data from a demographic study conducted in 2020. With this data, District officials and a volunteer Redistricting Committee looked at shifting multiple combinations of neighborhoods to other elementary attendance areas to achieve balance and growth within our four elementary schools. The School District also worked collaboratively with North Huntingdon Township officials in order to identify new housing plans that will be built over the next three years and identified which elementary boundary area they would fall into.

What criteria were used to create a redistricting map?

The Redistricting Committee's three overarching goals were to:

  • Balance student enrollment at each K-4 school as much as possible.
  • Provide room for growth at Hahntown and Sunset Valley due anticipated increases in student enrollment (due to new housing plans).
  • Redistrict as few families as possible to decrease disruption.

Will the curriculum be different for my child if my neighborhood is reassigned to a different school?

All of our District’s elementary schools operate on the same curriculum and are afforded equal opportunities for access to arts and enrichment opportunities. Norwin teachers at all four elementary schools are held to the same high standards for performance. Our curriculum and support services are designed to aid each student in reaching their own unique academic, social, and emotional goals. This equality allows our District officials to create blended teams consisting of students from all of our elementary schools.

Who made the final decision?

The School Board voted to approve the final redistricting model at the School Board Meeting on January 18, 2021.

How were people able to share input in this process?

There were two ways Norwin families were able to share their input prior to the School Board voting on the final redistricting scenario on January 18, 2021. They were:

  1. They could email their feedback to Mrs. Denise Haberman, Executive Assistant / Board Secretary, at [email protected].
  2. They could review the presentation from the December 7, 2020, meeting of the Board of Education. At this meeting, Superintendent Dr. Taylor presented the Redistricting Committee’s recommended models. Opportunities for public comment were provided at both the January 11, 2021 Board Workshop meeting and the January 18, 2021 Board Legislative meeting.  

How did the District communicate with families about this process?

The District sent a number of eBlasts to Norwin families throughout November and December 2020, and January 2021. Norwin Superintendent Dr. Jeff Taylor also publicly presented information about redistricting at several school board meetings during this time period. For further information about this, please see the Communications and Public Presentations tabs on this webpage.

When will families know who will be redistricted for the 2021-2022 school year?

The School District is in the process of notifying affected families of the changes.

When will we know about the transition plans?

The District will communicate transition plans with families throughout early spring.

What types of activities are in the transition plan?

Transition activities will continue to evolve over the coming months. An evening transition meeting for families will be planned for early spring, and there will be opportunities for parents/guardians to meet representatives from the new school’s PTA at the elementary level and participate in school events. Additionally, principals and counselors will meet with new students, and building-level meet and greets for new families and students will be held prior to the 2021-2022 school year. The District will also host move-over days for transitioning students, and implement a project that connects a transitioning student to someone who is currently attending his/her new school. Some of the in-person transition activities are contingent on the status of the pandemic and online transition activities may be scheduled if warranted.

How long do you anticipate this redistricting to last?

Given the size, continued growth, and the population shifts in the District, we anticipate that the new redistricting model beginning in 2021-2022 should last a minimum of five to seven years.

Does this mean the District will be hiring more teachers/staff members?

Staffing at Norwin will continue to be adjusted as needed to meet the needs of the growing student population.

When is the last time the District went through redistricting?

The most recent redistricting efforts were for the 2012-2013 and the 2006-2007 school years.

How can I see where the school boundaries are now (for the 2020-2021 school year)?

The current school boundaries, which were last drawn for the 2012-2013 school year, can be viewed on the Norwin School District website. Please click here to view the current boundaries.

Can I request which school my child will attend?

Parents/guardians cannot request which school their child attends. The school a child attends is based on the location of the family’s main residence.

How can I best support my child during this transition?

The biggest piece of advice is to stay positive! Children often learn behaviors from adults, so during transition times like these, it is important to remain optimistic and provide positive support for your child. The District has also provided some helpful tips on change for children, which can be found on the webpage in this section labeled as Tips for Families.