Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC)

During the past school year, a survey was distributed to all families with students enrolled in grades K-8 in Scripps Ranch schools and to the staff at those schools. Results of the survey are summarized in a table below. The survey sought opinions concerning a possible change to the annual school calendar.

This survey was a result of comments made at a community meeting held in November 2001. The issue of a common calendar for Scripps Ranch schools and later bell times for secondary schools was discussed. There appeared to be some support for a modified traditional calendar across the K-8 schools.

The proposed calendar:

  • begins in September;
  • has a three-week winter break;
  • a two- to three-week spring break; and,
  • ends before the 4th of July.

The benefit of this calendar is that it provides extended breaks during the school year and shortens the summer break. It is similar to Jerabek’s current calendar.

A total of 1,474 surveys were returned. The elementary schools each had approximately 50% of their parents return the surveys. The return rate at the middle school was much lower, with only 20% of the parent surveys being returned. Therefore, the results at that level may not be as reliable.

The low turnout at Marshall was despite the fact that the survey was distributed in school to all the students, and then followed up by another copy in the school newsletter that was mailed to all parents. Each school had approximately 2/3 of the teachers return the survey, which does give us a representative view of the classroom teachers’ opinions.

Overall, 60% of the respondents preferred modifying the calendar, 36% preferred retaining the current calendars, and 4% were undecided.

The most common reason given by those parents who opposed modifying the calendar was that it would not coincide with the high school. Those parents did not wish to have differing school calendars amongst their children. There is a district-wide high school reform initiative that may address these issues at the high school level.

The Scripps Ranch Schools Committee will continue to explore the best possible calendars and starting bell times in order to maximize our students’ achievements. If you would like to see a more complete version of this report, including parents’ comments, go to the SRCA website at [] under the school’s icon.

The next regular meeting of the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 6 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room. Residents who are interested in school issues are welcome to attend. A block of time is reserved at the beginning of each meeting for residents to raise new issues.

Joyce Berzle and Denise Ouellette,