Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) reports official enrollment very close to staff’s projections for this school year as of September 30, the date official numbers are reported to the state. The 40,715 official enrollment reflects a net increase of 188 students over last year’s 40,527 students. This is only 27 more students than the projected 161 student increase.
"Compared to the flat enrollment growth over the last few years, this year we saw an increase in enrollments particularly at the elementary level. We expect that this trend will continue over the next several years." says Ray Barnes, executive director of FCPS Facilities Services.
Thirteen schools are over 100% of their state-rated capacities compared to 14 last year. They are, from most to least overcrowded: Centerville Elementary at 140, Hillcrest Elementary at 130%, Urbana Middle at 128%, Tuscarora Elementary at 120%, Yellow Springs Elementary at 112%, North Frederick Elementary and Whittier Elementary at 111%, Waverley Elementary at 109%, Urbana Elementary at 108%, Oakdale Middle at 105%, Deer Crossing and New Market Elementary at 104% and Monocacy Elementary at 102%.
An additional 17 schools are between 90 and 99% of their state-rated capacities. They are, from most to least crowded: Brunswick Elementary at 98%, Middletown High at 97%, Ballenger Creek Elementary at 96%, Walkersville Elementary at 95%, New Midway/Woodsboro at 94%, Linganore, Urbana and Walkersville High at 93%, Glade and Parkway Elementary and Tuscarora High at 92%, Crestwood Middle and Emmitsburg, Oakdale and Orchard Grove Elementary at 91% and Monocacy and West Frederick Middle at 90%.
The Board of Education’s goal is to have systemwide capacity at each level—elementary, middle and high—no higher than 90%. Systemwide capacity averages as of September 30 are 94% elementary, 81% middle and 85% high schools.