Frequently Asked Questions

Is Options part of Gordon Elementary? How is it different than a regular program?

Options is a part of Gordon Elementary School with significant family involvement. The Options teachers are part of the Gordon Elementary staff. The Options students have music, PE, computers and library as part of Gordon Elementary student body. Options students also eat lunch and use the computer lab at Gordon Elementary. Options students also have recess and assemblies with Gordon students. 

What does Multiage mean? How is it different than "split grade" classrooms?

Multiage classroom configurations are intentionally and carefully planned. Additionally, careful planning and intentionality are required in order to maintain balanced classes for the long term. A split grade at another school may be intentional or it may be the result of a large number of students at one grade level.

Multiage requires teachers to be creative, flexible, and focused on state requirements while designing curriculum for individuals. Research reports that multiage classrooms develop the caring learning environment needed for optimum academic growth, and the nurturing of the whole personality through reducing competition in classrooms. People learn best when their emotional and social needs are met. In multiage classrooms, children learn the altruistic behaviors that help them interact within a real world situation where diverse people work and learn together. Multiage classrooms focus on affective as well as academic growth.

Is the curriculum different? Do Options students take standardized tests?

Options is a public school program and the students take the same district and state assessments that other students take. The Options teachers are responsible for teaching the same Common Core Standards that other teachers are responsible for teaching. The Options teachers work as a team to provide engaging instruction and hands-on projects that meet grade level requirements. The teachers use both district curriculum and supplemental resources.

What are the long term outcomes for Options Students?

Assessment data suggests that Options students as a whole are strong readers. Nearly 100% of Options students met grade level standards on the state reading assessment in spring 2013. Math scores in Options continue to gain momentum due to the very strong teacher team that is currently in place. Many former Options students self report that they have enrolled in college.

How can this program afford to do all these extra field trips and other things that regular public school classes can't?

The highly dedicated and supportive Options parent group raises money to support enrichment activities for Options students.

How do the parents participate? What if I/we work during school hours and cannot volunteer in the classroom?

There are many ways for parents to participate. Classroom teachers can provide information about classroom support that can be accomplished outside of school hours. Additional commitees provide opportunities for nights/weekends work for parent involvement. A parent from the welcome committee can provide information about the parent group and the committees.

What is the parent group? Who can join / Do we have to join?

The parent group, North Kitsap Options Parent Group, is the non-profit group that raises money for enrichment activities and helps to coordinate many important activities. All Options parents are invited to join the parent group. As a public school program, we cannot require membership in the parent group. However, significant parent involvement is a critical part of the Options program and it is assumed that parents will be fully involved.

If my child does not get in, do I have to apply again next year? How long will my child stay on the waiting list?

The waitlist will be managed by the district for the current school year.  Families will need to reapply each year.

Do siblings get preference over other applicants?

Sibling preference is represented in the district lottery by providing the sibling with two entries into the lottery. It honors the commitments of families who are already involved in the program. 

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