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Student enrollment up in Newton County

COVINGTON — Student enrollment for Newton County Schools continues to climb.

The current enrollment is 19,241 students, according to a facilities report presented at Tuesday’s Newton County Board of Education meeting. The figure is up from 18,984 students last August and 19,056 in May.

The current enrollment is down slightly from the 19,333 students enrolled at the beginning of this school year.

Currently, 8,874 students are enrolled at the county’s 13 traditional elementary schools, 4,242 students are enrolled at the county’s five traditional middle schools and 914 students are enrolled at the parent-involvement Theme School at Ficquett, which houses elementary and middle school students, according to the report.

The largest elementary school enrollment remains at Flint Hill, with nearly 1,200 students, and the largest middle school is still at Indian Creek with nearly 1,050 students.

At the high school level, 5,211 students are enrolled at the three traditional high schools and 599 are enrolled at the Newton College & Career Academy, up from 461 at the end of last school year.

Newton High School’s enrollment now tops 2,050 students, with Alcovy’s at about 1,800 and Eastside’s at about 1,300 students.

Nearly 100 middle and high school students are enrolled in the Ombudsman alternative school program.

About 650 pre-kindergarten students are enrolled in the Newton County School System, as well as about 1,050 senior high school students.

Building capacity for Newton County schools is 23,035 students, but some schools still use a few portable classrooms for some small classes like Quest or physical therapy, according to Deputy Superintendent Craig Lockhart.