CCPS enrollment at all-time high
DENTON — Caroline County Public Schools’ total student enrollment has reached an all-time high, with 5,532 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade as of Sept. 30.
The Sept. 30 count, which accounted for all students currently enrolled, not just those physically present that day, showed a 60-student increase over the count on the same day the year before.
William Allen, supervisor of pupil services, said at the Caroline County Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday, Oct. 2, that number will not be official until the middle of November.
When it is official, that is the number that will be used in formulas to calculate state funding and local maintenance of effort, which stipulates the local government must fund the same amount per pupil as in the previous fiscal year.
Broken down by level, there are 2,553 students at the elementary level, a net decrease of two students, and 2,979 students at the secondary level, a net increase of 60.
The number does not include pre-kindergarten students. Allen said there are 281 4-year-old pre-kindergarten students currently enrolled in the county, but since students have to qualify to attend, there are more 4-year-olds who will be enrolling in kindergarten next year.
Lockerman Middle School in Denton, which already grew by 18 students this year, will grow even more next year, Allen said, when this year’s large fifth grade classes at its feeder elementary schools graduate.
Looking at class sizes, Susan McCandless, director of schools, said all five elementary schools are on target, with an average of 20 students per class.
McCandless said a sixth teacher had to be hired to teach fifth grade at Greensboro Elementar y School.
Core subject classes in the county’s four secondary schools are at a range of average number of students: 22 at North Caroline High School, 18 at Colonel Richardson High School, 26 at Lockerman Middle School and 23 at Colonel Richardson Middle School, McCandless said.