SCHOOL SIZE

BOARD POLICY - 7112

We believe schools that provide an excellent learning environment must be of sufficient enrollment for the learning program to perform effectively and for the services provided by the school to operate efficiently.   We believe school capacity should be designed to accommodate peak enrollment and fluctuations in enrollment.

Targeted Average School Enrollment:

The targeted average school enrollment at each level is determined by giving consideration both to an effective learning environment and efficient operational costs.  

  • Elementary school enrollment:  700 students. 
  • Middle school enrollment:  900 students.
  • High school enrollment:  2200 students. 

Existing School Capacity:

Capacity at existing schools shall not exceed the recommended capacity for new schools, nor shall it exceed the capacity that can be reasonably accommodated by the acreage, parking and other elements of the infrastructure.  Related considerations shall include traffic and child care.

New School Capacity

  • Elementary Schools: Permanent facilities to house 700 students with infrastructure provision for relocatable buildings to house a maximum of 900 students, or a maximum of 1000 students during periods of peak enrollment or for schools serving grades K - 8. (Temporarily suspended per Bd action 09/17/13 to allow a maximum enrollment of 1,200 students.)
  • Middle Schools: Permanent facilities to house 800 students with infrastructure provision for relocatable buildings to house a maximum of 1,200 students. 
  • High Schools: Permanent facilities to house 1800 students with infrastructure provision for relocatable buildings to house a maximum of 2,400 students.  (Temporarily suspended per Bd action 4/11/06 to allow a maximum enrollment of 2,600 at all four district comprehensive high schools.) 

Policy Adopted: February 5, 1985
Policy Revised: January 14, 2003
Policy Revised: April 11, 2006
Policy Revised: September 17, 2013