NOTE: The following is a release issued by the WIAA Thursday morning. An article detailing the impact on local teams and leagues will be in both the print and online editions of The Courier-Herald.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released the 2016-2020 classification enrollment figures, Thursday. The classifications will not be finalized until the WIAA Executive Board approves the list of 384 schools during its January 24-25 meeting.
The classifications and figures may be found HERE. Schools with an average monthly enrollment figure of less than 26 are not counted in the classification process.
The figures listed are the average enrollment, head count of students in grades 9-11, as reported to the Office of Public Instruction (OSPI) for the months of January, February, March, April, May, October, and November doubled (eight total counts). November is counted twice since the September figure is omitted due to the amount of changes to the student population a school experiences during the first month of the new school year. Private schools report monthly enrollments directly to the WIAA.
At this point in the classification process, 22 high schools are opting up to 4A, 13 to 3A, one to 2A, eight to 1A and four to 2B. When a school decides to opt up a classification it must do so in all athletics and activities.
Enrollment figures were initially released to the member schools in November. Each member school had a little over a month to review its figures and decide if it would opt up by the January 13 deadline.
Schools have until January 19 to file a classification appeal petition with the WIAA Office. All appeals will be heard by the WIAA Executive Board during the January 24-25 Board Meeting. If a school’s appeal is granted, the classification will change for that specific school and no other changes will be made to the remaining schools in relevant classifications.