Statistics and Examples

For the 2013-2014 school year, 98% of new, non-sibling, incoming kindergarteners who enrolled during the first enrollment period were assigned to either their first or second closest schools.

Consider the following two extremely simple examples to illustrate the process. In each example, there are two families each having one child and two schools each having space for one child. With six schools and several hundred incoming Kindergarteners, the actual calculation is more complicated, but the idea is the same: we want to find the lowest aggregate distance. When enrollment falls a reasonable amount below the capacity of the incoming classrooms, all students would be assigned to their closest school. These examples use meters as the distance unit because the actual calculation is done in meters, but the units don't impact the results in any way.

In the first example, Family 1 lives 500 meters from School A and 1,000 meters from School B. Family 2 lives 1,200 meters from School A and 300 meters from School B. There are two possible assignments. If Family 1 is assigned to School A and Family 2 is assigned to School B, the total distance travelled will be 800 meters. If Family 1 is assigned to School B and Family 2 is assigned to School A, the total distance travelled will be 2,200 meters. Since the assignment with a total distance travelled of 800 meters is the minimum, that will be the assignment chosen by this process.

In the second example, Family 1 lives 300 meters from School A and 1,200 meters from School B. Family 2 lives 500 meters from School A and 1,700 meters from School B. As before there are two possible assignments for this example. If Family 1 is assigned to School A and Family 2 is assigned to School B, the total distance travelled will be 2,000 meters. If Family 1 is assigned to School B and Family 2 is assigned to School A, the total distance travelled will be 1,700 meters. Since the assignment with a total distance travelled of 1,700 meters is the minimum, that will be the assignment chosen by this process. Note that while Family 1 is not assigned to their closest school, the assignment that is chosen minimizes the distance travelled by all of the students assigned. As a reminder, these examples are contrived to demonstrate how the assignment process functions.

Distance Calculation

If you would like to calculate the distance to each of the six elementary schools in the district in the same manner as the district does at assignment time, please enter a complete address within the BRSSD school district. As an example, the address for the district office should be entered as 2960 Hallmark Drive and Belmont should be selected as the city.