LAS CRUCES – When the 2013-14 school year begins next August, Booker T. Washington and MacArthur elementary schools will return to a regular school-year calendar, Superintendent Stan Rounds has announced. The two schools have been on a balanced (or year-round) calendar since the 2002-03 school year to increase student academic performance.

“With the programs we have in place now for our youngest students who are low performing, it makes sense to bring Booker T. Washington and MacArthur back onto the regular school calendar,” said Rounds.

Rounds said students at Booker T. Washington and MacArthur elementaries will continue to participate in these programs:

▪  LCPS’ Joint Ungraded Multi-age Primary (JUMP) program for struggling readers in kindergarten and first- and second grades. “We’re already seeing some very positive results in the first year of JUMP – better reading scores, higher attendance and students who are eager to come to school,” said Rounds.

▪ The state Kindergarten Thru Three-Plus program, which LCPS will expand from nine to 11 schools in the new school year. Fourth- and fifth-graders will be added to the program at Booker T. Washington and MacArthur elementaries.

“K3+ has been very successful for us, and that’s why we will nearly double the number of students participating in it in 2013-14,” said Rounds. “Adding 25 additional days of instruction has much the same positive impact on academic retention as the year-round calendar,” he said.

▪ The national Goméz and Goméz Dual Language Enrichment model, which is in place at 20 LCPS schools. “What we’re finding with Dual Language Enrichment is that all students who participate are benefiting, not just English Language Learners. We expect to see improved reading scores and students who are more engaged in their classwork in every subject,” said Rounds.