COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System ended the school year with nearly 150 less students than it did last year.
The final enrollment for the 2011-12 school year, which was tallied on May 23, was 18,919 students, according to the report by Samantha Fuhrey, deputy superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at NCSS.
She told the Newton County Board of Education during its monthly work session Tuesday that around the same time last year, 19,057, or 138 more, students were enrolled in NCSS.
This year's final enrollment includes 9,497 elementary school students at the county's 13 elementary schools, as well as the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, which includes a sixth grade.
The enrollment count also includes 4,230 middle school students at its five middle schools and 4,745 high school students at three high schools. It also accounts for 200 students enrolled in the Ombudsman alternative education program, 128 students at the Challenge Charter Academy and 119 other special education students.
Flint Hill Elementary School has the most elementary students enrolled with 1,152 prekindergarteners through fifth-graders. Indian Creek Middle School has the most middle schoolers with 1,006 students, and Alcovy High School has the highest high school enrollment with 1,740 students, just barely above the 1,735 at Newton High School.
Next school year's student enrollment is budgeted for between 17,621 and 19,224 students. This estimate includes about 9,400 elementary school students, about 4,800 middle school students and about 5,800 high school students.