The process actually has its start before the end of the previous school year. A series of meetings is held for each grade level. Attending these meetings are teachers who had previously taught the children, those teaching that grade level, other interested staff members and the principal. During the course of these meetings, each child is considered individually. Each person involved having data about that child offers it for discussion. The decision regarding class placement is made after considering information such as:
- Which children can best work together.
- Which teachers and which children should be together based on learning styles, academic and social needs.
- Other available information.
After the second week of school when fall enrollments are known, some adjustments may be necessary.