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November 30, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Initial classification numbers released for 2010-12

The WIAA has released some preliminary data that will affect the upcoming reclassification cycle for 2010-12.

You can find some information here.

It’s clear some changes are coming, as they did in the last cycle (2008-10). But I must warn you that the information can be confusing.

You will see on the WIAA bulletin that 59 schools have declared “UNDECIDED” for their classification position. They have until Dec. 15 to elect to “opt up” to a larter classification (schools cannot “opt down” to a smaller classificaiton.

The goal is to have 66 schools in each of the top three classifications (4A, 3A, 2A), or roughly 17% of the state’s 387 member schools. There would be 65 schools in 1A (17%), and 62 in both 2B and 1B (16% each).

This would be after the opt-ups, which is a change from previous years. For instance, due to the opt-ups, there currently are 78 4A schools (1,281 enrollment and higher), 68 3A schools (919-1,280), 55 2A schools (468-918), 68 1A schools (188-467), 66 2B schools (88-187) and 70 1B schools (0-87).

That included 33 schools opting up.

I spoke briefly with Mike Colbrese (WIAA executive director) this evening for some clarifications. One thing that jumped out at me right away is that Skyline is listed as an “undecided” although the school’s enrollment numbers (1,395.98 — this is a 3-month average) makes them the 46th largest school, which seemily would be clearly 4A.

Colbrese explained that school administrators probably filed the paperwork at a time when the enrollment numbers appeared lower. Plus, if say 20 schools of 3A size opted up, they are put at the top of the 4A list, and that would push Skyline closer to or below the 3A line.

You’ll see that 10 schools have already announced they plan to opt-up, including Federal Way and Bellarmikne Prep (to 4A), Kenneidy Catholic (to 3A) and Archbishop Murphy (to 2A).

There are a number of Metro schools on the “bubble” that have yet to declare, including Franklin, West Seattle, Ingraham, Bishop Blanchet, Chief Sealth, O’Dea, Cleveland, Rainier Beach, Seattle Prep and Eastside Catholic.

A couple of interesting notes — it appears Mount Rainier clearly will be a 4A school next fall, sitting No. 30 in size (1,495.07). Interlake could be headed back to 3A, while Liberty *undecided) sits between 3A and 2A territory.

We’ll have a more in-depth look at what this all means over the next few weeks.

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