Placement Process

Posted by Monica Crowley on 3/16/2020 7:00:00 AM

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Placement Letter

Dear Lawrence Families,

Each year, beginning in April, the Lawrence staff devotes a great deal of time, care and thought to creating the following year’s classes. This letter describes our class placement process. The goal of the placement process is to create balanced and equitable classes that provide the optimal learning environment for both the individual child and the group of children as a whole. We strive to create groupings that provide academic peers for each student, are workable for teachers and make it possible to provide the most effective student services. As we balance classes, we create clusters as follow: 

  • Each class will have students who can lift each other, have common interests or will work well together.
  • Each class will have students with varied learning strengths, and students with special needs will be clustered to facilitate service delivery.
  • Given sufficient numbers, students will not be isolated in terms of gender, racial or ethnic groupings.

Friendships are considered, but our primary focus is to provide appropriate learning peers for each student, understanding that each year brings new opportunities for friendships. The Brookline School Committee’s “Student Grouping, Inclusion and Placement Practices” policy states: 

“When determining class placement of students at any grade level in elementary school and in the creation of middle school class lists, consideration shall be given to various student learning needs. In order to create effective learning environments and maintain valued diversity within each classroom, efforts will be made to place students with some peers who share similar profiles so that teachers can more effectively address the strengths and needs of all students.”

Class building is a team effort to which we devote a great deal of time and thought. Grade-level teachers, literacy and math specialists, special education teachers and related service providers, EL teachers, guidance counselors, Ms. Horst, Mr. Cipparone and I all work together on behalf of all students.

Our placement process includes an opportunity for families to provide information or share unusual circumstances that you feel are important, or which you believe we may not know. We respect your right to advocate for your child and understand that you know your child best over time. If you feel that you have additional information that the placement team is not aware of, you are invited to write a letter sharing that information to be considered in the process.

All information must be submitted in writing or via e-mail to ( no later than Friday, April 3, 2020. Communication after this date cannot be considered.

Submitting a letter is optional. The same care and consideration will be given to every child during the placement process whether a parent/guardian submits input.

If you do submit a letter, your information will be shared with staff. Please remember that our primary objectives are to ensure that each student will be assigned to a class that s/he/they can learn and grow academically and socially, and to build classes that function as lively heterogeneous cohorts. Requests for specific teachers in writing or in person with any staff member will not be considered as part of this process. We take our responsibility seriously and, therefore, allocate ample time and care as we engage in reflection while looking forward to plan for next year’s classes.

If you are planning on moving and/or sending your child(ren) to another school for the 2019-2020 school year, please click on the this online form to complete, which will help us gather information regarding next year’s students. You only need to fill out one form for all your children

(If you need to copy and paste to access withdrawal form,URL is below:) (If you need to copy and paste to access form URL is below:)