COVINGTON -- Student enrollment at the Newton County School System continues to steadily increase this school year.
NCSS ended the calendar year with 19,147 students enrolled in its 24 facilities, according to its enrollment report, which was last taken on Dec. 13.
Enrollment was projected between 17,621 and 19,224 students for the school year.
The reported enrollment number is a difference of 54 students, compared to last December. The 2012-13 school year began with 18,984 students enrolled.
The latest enrollment figure includes 9,498 elementary school students at the county's 13 elementary schools, 4,361 middle school students at its five middle schools and 5,010 high school students at three high schools and the Newton College & Career Academy, as well as 278 students in the Ombudsman alternative program and the Challenge Charter Academy.
Flint Hill still holds the highest elementary school enrollment total with 1,183 students, up from 1,105 in August. Enrollment at Indian Creek Middle School is still hovering around 1,000 students.
Enrollment at the county's elementary schools increased by nearly 200 students so far this school year, but it has dropped at three high schools by about 100 students since the beginning of the school year. Alcovy had a total enrollment of 1,872 last month, down from 1,907 students in August; Eastside with 1,283, down from 1,314; and Newton with 1,855, down from 1,898 students.
Enrollment has increased by 69 students at Ombudsman and by nine at the charter school.
District-wide, 685 students are enrolled in prekindergarten programs, and 1,030 12th-grade students are in schools.