Dorchester District 2 has 24,402 students in its 23 schools as of Monday, the sixth day of school, according to Superintendent Joe Pye.
District 2 enrollment as of Monday
Beech Hill 1,224
Eagle Nest 905
Fort Dorchester 1,173
Windsor Hill Arts Infused 818
Givhans Alternative Program 75
River Oaks 982
Rollings School of the Arts 666
Ashley Ridge 2,144
Fort Dorchester 2,018
Givhans Alternative Program 43
TOTAL STUDENTS 24,402
That’s about 500 more students than last year, and Pye said he expects about 100 more to come this week.
Knightsville Elementary has 1,395 students, the most of any elementary school in the district since Fort Dorchester Elementary hit more than 1,600 in 2006-2007. The following year, Eagle Nest Elementary opened and took on about half of Fort Dorchester’s enrollment.
“Now we are experiencing growth on the other side of town,” Pye said. “We need to relieve Reeves, Knightsville and Beech Hill (elementary schools) immediately. ...We’ve been creative. We are using every space that we have (for classrooms).”
Reeves has 1,077 students and Beech Hill, 1,224.
Pye Elementary, which opened two years ago, added about 100 students this year due to new construction in its attendance area, he said.
Voters in the district last year approved a $179 million referendum to build three new elementary schools by 2015, a new middle school of the arts to open in 2016, and to add space at 11 other schools.
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