Monday, February 27, 2017

Class Placements for 2017-18

Dear Orchard Families,

Each year at this time, the school staff begins the very important process of placing students in classrooms for the next year.

Our goal each year is to ensure that all of our children have the best possible learning environment.  The staff spends many hours and gives much thought and consideration to making the appropriate placements for each of our students for the following year.

We ask for your adherence to our policy that we do not take requests for specific teachers for the following year into consideration and ask that you do not make such requests of our staff.  It is our professional obligation to meet the needs of all of our students. Rest assured we have our students’ best interests at heart. We consider student placement one of the most important things we do and we spend much time getting it right. 

The process we use at Orchard takes into consideration numerous factors and areas of input: 
  • Academic & social needs
  • Parent input
  • Staff input
  • Special needs
  • Language ability (English Learners)
  • Compatibility with other students
  • Equalization of class loads
  • Overall class balance

As you can see, a lot of care, consideration, and thought are put into this very important task.  If you feel there is additional information we need in order to best place your child, please fill out a Student Profile Form.  The Student Profile Form will give you a chance to list specific educational considerations; however, again we will not accept any requests for specific teachers.  This form can be picked up in the school office or online at

Look for this button on the website:

The Student Profile Form must be returned by April 3rd.

Orchard has a very strong teaching staff that will do a fine job of educating your child with your cooperation and support. 

You can expect announcement of your child’s placement in mid-August.  Please be assured that with or without input from you, we will review each child's needs individually and select the classroom in which we believe he/she will learn best.


Robert Broecker, Principal

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