If You Build It, They Will Come

Many of us here at Ashland High School are aware of the fact that we may soon be opening our arms to students from neighboring schools transferring to attend AHS. The dreams of many Phoenix, North Medford and other surrounding high school students could be coming true as they will have the opportunity to apply for enrollment at Ashland High School. This new system is called “open enrollment” and allows Ashland School District to choose in their acceptance of additional students from outside the district.
Ashland High School has specifically decided to get itself involved in the open enrollment system because AHS offers a broader spectrum of learning opportunities in electives and AP classes. This program is specifically for those students who live outside Ashland school boundries, as before it appeared that Ashland schools had a very high ‘no tolerence’ for people outside of the Ashland district to be a part of our school.
“I think it’s a great way for kids to get to go to the school they actually want,” open enrollment junior Crys Ahlstrom said. Of course when we add more students to our campus, this also results in larger classes which may make things harder on the school as a whole.
“I think it is a mixed blessing,” Judy Kimball, librarian at AHS, said. “I really like the idea, but I think it may be hard to administer.”  As you can see for the views and opinions of people around the school, open enrollment will be a great way to incorperate students from other schools as well as benefit our school as a whole, even if it does start out in a bit of a rocky fashion. If you would like to learn more about open enrollment or have any questions about it, you can visit the Ashland High School website or click on the link below.