The Santa Barbara School Board will discuss a proposal next month to merge a successful alternative elementary school and an average performance middle school. The idea to combine the overflowing K-6 Santa Barbara Community Academy and the half-full La Cumbre Junior High has been bouncing around hallways and board rooms for several months, generating mixed responses from parents, teachers, and administrators. Though the district maintains that plans for a single K-8 campus are anything but a done deal, many opponents are worried the writing is on the wall: Academy grades 4-6 already convene at La Cumbre’s Westside campus, and some La Cumbre classes adopt the Academy’s trademark Core Knowledge curriculum. The proposal will be considered on July 11, along with other options, including keeping the schools separate academically, but holding them both at La Cumbre.

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