Bigelow and Day Feeder Pattern Options

  • In the spring of 2022, the School Committee was made aware that the district is experiencing uneven enrollment in some of our elementary and middle schools. The district monitors enrollment in our schools very carefully as growth or decline can impact the educational experience of students. The issues identified are as follows:

    • Bigelow Middle - enrollment is declining and is projected to continue to decline
    • Day Middle - enrollment is higher than target enrollment for an NPS middle school

    To that end, the district is considering changes to the “feeder patterns” for Cabot and Lincoln-Eliot students, which will address the current enrollment challenges at Bigelow and Day. For reference, “feeder pattern” indicates the middle school students would attend following elementary school. 

    On October 27, 2022, the district shared with School Committee the options to address the uneven enrollment. Prior to the School Committee presentation, meetings were held with Cabot, Lincoln-Eliot, Bigelow, and Day staff.

    Now, meetings with families at each of the impacted schools will be held to share more specific information and to solicit feedback. The School Committee will also hear feedback from families and staff at an upcoming meeting. The schedule of meetings is below, as are documents with detailed information.

    Famlies, staff, and community members may submit comments, questions, and feedback to NPS via this email address: npsfeeder@newton.k12.ma.us

Meetings

  • Families are welcome to attend the following meetings to learn more about the proposed options for Cabot and Lincoln-Eliot feeder patterns. 

    • Day Middle School: Friday, October 28, 2022 at 8:15 a.m.
    • Bigelow Middle School: Monday, October 31, 2022 at 8:30 a.m.
    • Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School - Tuesday, Nov 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Cabot Elementary School: Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Cabot Elementary School: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School - Monday, Nov 21, 2022 at 8:15 a.m. (in-person)

    In addition to the meetings listed above, parents/guardians may provide feedback to the School Committee at its meeting on November 7, 2022. Login information can be found on the School Committee webpage.

    A final decision will be made by the School Committee on December 19, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions - Feeder Pattern Options

  • How can I share feedback with NPS and the School Committee on the feeder pattern options?

  • What about students’ social and emotional well-being?

  • Why are we just finding out about this now?

  • With the Cabot split, what percentage of each grade level at Cabot would feed to Bigelow?

  • What happens if this decision is delayed for one year?

  • With the “swap” option, it seems like Cabot students would be the dominant population at Bigelow? Is this true?

  • Does the size of the school have any impact on class size or student:teacher ratio?

  • What happens to the number of teams for each option?

  • Is there any difference between the Day and Bigelow academic programming?

  • Will special education services change?

  • How will METCO be impacted?

  • Will the CAPS program stay at Bigelow?

  • Does taking a bus after school limit my child’s afterschool extracurricular options?

  • What is the projected enrollment by grade level for each option?

  • What is the projected enrollment by school over the next five years for each option?

  • Why was the “Cabot Split” feeder pattern removed 10 years ago?

  • What would happen to the Cabot neighborhood that is North of the Mass Turnpike?

  • Why do we need to implement changes now if enrollment will not change significantly over the next few years?

  • How long will either of the proposed feeder pattern changes be in effect?

  • When will the "Cabot Split" map be finalized and published?

  • How do each of these options impact those who may currently live in a designated buffer zone between Bigelow and Day?

  • Why can’t all students (current 6th and 7th graders) be moved at once so that the enrollment changes are realized immediately?

  • With either option, how many Title 1 schools will feed into Bigelow and how many Title 1 schools will feed into Day?

  • How does the bus fee and financial waiver process work?