Katie Matton Staff Writer
Pioneer High School was the top choice for incoming freshmen students looking to make an in-district transfer for the 2013-14 school year. Pioneer had 50 in-district transfer requests, Huron had 31, and Skyline had fewer applicants than there were spots available — approximately 20-30 spots that were available at Ann Arbor’s newest high school did not get filled.
While the demand to enroll at Pioneer is high, Skyline is facing the opposite trend. In an effort to boost the school’s declining enrollment, 25 of the 195 Schools of Choice seats will go to Skyline. This means that freshmen students living outside the Ann Arbor district can now apply to go to the high school. This is the first time for the Ann Arbor district that School of Choice seats will be open at the high school level.
While some Pioneer students feel that the high number of in-district transfers reflects highly on the quality of the school, others have voiced concerns about the effects of having a large student population. “My Latin class is so big that it could be made into two classes,” Pioneer junior Sumra Abedi says. “Sometimes, having such a large number of students makes it harder to pay attention, and Mr. Finch has to deal with the extra disruptions.”
Overall, Pioneer students are proud to be part of a school that has such a large and diverse population. Pioneer senior Maggie Saunders says that the people are a huge part of what makes Pioneer such a great environment. “I have met so many people at this school and made so many friends. That is what I will always remember about Pioneer,” she says.