Hi Hollie, just a little history regarding this subject matter:
There have been two notable occurrences surrounding boundaries.
The most contentious came in 2000 when FUSD announced plans to redraw the school boundary lines. The plan would route students from high-scoring elementary schools (such as Weibel Elementary School, which at this time held the 3rd highest elementary API score in CA) to a lower-scoring high school (Irvington High School). The school district claimed this action was normal â€œload balancing.â€ In the fall of 2000 a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in San Jose against the school district, five school district board members, and Superintendent Sharon Jones. The parentâ€™s lawyer argued that the district was trying to maintain a racial and socio-economical balance within the district, which violated the equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment. The lawsuit was later dropped, as a compromise between the parents and school district was made.
When the Fremont Board of Education in June 2007 proposed (as an OPTION mind you) to route students from Gomes Elementary to Kennedy High to once again address overcrowding at MSJ High the boundary issue was revived. Even though the option was not recommended by the Board in the meeting, the mere mention of the schoolâ€™s name led to a heightened concern and reaction from parents. A town hall meeting was held on June 12, 2007. More than 1500 people attended, and Gomes was dropped from their option list.
The fact of the matter, and the reality, is "load balancing" is here to stay. Therefore, given a boundary change is possible, I would suggest you hedge against this by choosing a home as far into the epicenter of an attendance area as possible. You can view the MSJ Attendance Map here: http://docs.Steven-Anthony.com/MissionAttendanceMap.pdf