COVINGTON — School officials soon will know if enrollment will continue to increase, as it did most of last year.
At the end of last school year, 19,056 students were enrolled in the Newton County School System, according to an enrollment report from May 24.
The total was up from 18,919 the previous May, but down from 19,147 students in December. The 2012-13 school year began with 18,984 students enrolled.
In the system’s 13 elementary schools and the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, 9,632 students were enrolled; the theme school serves 842 students in kindergarten through seventh grades and will add an eighth grade this school year. The highest elementary enrollment was reported at the ever-growing Flint Hill Elementary School with 1,206 students, up from 1,105 in August and 1,183 in December.
The five middle schools reported that 4,365 students were enrolled in May, the highest being seen at Indian Creek Middle School with 1,026 students.
At the three high schools, 4,763 students were enrolled — Eastside had about 1,200 students enrolled, while enrolled at both Alcovy and Newton high schools topped 1,700 students.
Enrollment at the system’s alternative school for middle and high school students, Ombudsman, was 208 students at the end of May. Challenge Charter Academy’s enrollment was 88 students, but the school will not reopen this school year.
At the Newton College & Career Academy, 461 students were enrolled, including 161 in 10th grade, 229 in 11th grade and 187 in 12th grade, in addition to 22 students in the prekindergarten program. The Academy plans to open a ninth-grade academy this school year to serve students studying science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
At the other elementary schools, 719 students are enrolled in the system’s Pre-K program. Just more than 1,000 students were enrolled in 12th grade in May.