School districts need good data to make informed decisions. Unlike the typical process of siloed data gathering and analysis, our integrated approach leverages advanced geographic and data analysis tools. GIS for school districts provides you with the advantage of knowing how many students you can expect, where they will reside within your district, and how best to plan for them.
The changing demographics of a school district drive facility needs. Our GIS services aid long range planning by predicting future facility needs, informing budget and resource allocation, and garnering support for funding.
Benefits of GIS for School Districts
- Relate demographics, land use, physical infrastructure, and facilities into a single framework
- Build your district’s knowledge base
- Provide interactive data and graphics
“FLO has been instrumental in helping our district understand not only how many students we can expect to have in the future, but more importantly, where these students are likely reside in our district. Their work has allowed us to make more informed decisions regarding our facility needs.” — Ron Cowan, Assistant Superintendent, Bellingham Public Schools
We are proud to be professional partners with the Washington Association of School Business Officials and the Oregon Association of School Business Officials
What we do
- Student Enrollment Forecasting
- Boundary Adjustments
- Facility Siting
- Land Use Studies
- Bus Routing
Student Enrollment Forecasting
We develop enrollment projections by incorporating detailed enrollment assessments with land use trends. This provides an in-depth forecast of the number of students you can expect over time, not only in your district, but at each school.
Navigating a boundary update can be tough. It is often emotional for families affected by new attendance areas, and districts can find themselves challenged to provide transparency to stakeholders. But with our innovative mapping tools and consensus-based approach, we can help districts successfully redraw district boundaries based on community input and accurate data.
Building new facilities? We can identify how land use trends will affect the future distribution of students in your district, and provide a ranked list of potential properties that may be a good fit for future schools. With the prioritized properties, you can quickly compare and contrast siting options to determine if they suit your district’s specific needs.
Land Use Studies
By mapping and analyzing existing and future zoning, building permits, urban growth areas, and anticipated housing developments, we can show you where new residential growth likely will occur in your district and how it will affect future patterns of growth.
Understanding student enrollment projections, land use and buildout scenarios, and transportation factors is foundational to redistricting decisions. School districts also need to balance complex demographic and socioeconomic factors. We’re here to help. We can model all of the above scenarios, making iterative boundary adjustments a snap.
Whether you’d like to optimize bus routes for efficiency, model routing options for boundary adjustment scenarios, or conduct transportation eligibility studies based upon walk distances, we can help. Our routing tools will help you make the best transportation related decisions possible and can be tailored to your specific situation.
Project ExamplesView All
The race is on to manage growth for many school districts, as the populations of cities and towns across the Northwest continue to rise. In just the past 30 days, more than 10 school districts in Oregon and Washington have been featured in...Jennifer Axelrod
Congratulations to Washougal School District! The School Board unanimously voted to approve new elementary and middle school boundaries, after a six-week boundary review process lead by the FLO team. We worked closely with district...Alex Brasch