Enrollment trends in kindergarten change for 2017-18

Published 12:46 am Saturday, August 5, 2017

Local schools are seeing mixed numbers for kindergarten enrollment this year.

Andalusia Elementary School has 138 kindergartners, up from 120, ACS Superintendent Ted Watson said.

“We have seen an increase this year,” he said. “We usually have been running around 120 students.”

Straughn Elementary’s 70 students who are registered thus far is down from last year’s.

“We have fewer kindergarten students registered this time compared to the 2016-2017 school year,” SES Principal Bettye Anne Older said. “We’re still registering. Looks like overall enrollment at SES has increased.”

At Opp Elementary School Principal Shawn Short said that they are down about 20 kindergartners compared to last year.

“We have 100 kindergarten students,” he said. “That’s level with our usual numbers. Last year’s class was just a big group for us.”

Covington County Schools Superintendent Shannon Driver said that they had three sections of kindergarten at Pleasant Home School this year.

“The numbers jumped in excess of 50,” he said. “We normally have 38-42 students.”

Fleeta Junior High School also had to add a classroom of kindergarten.

“Fleeta has the highest number they have had,” he said. “Those numbers are in the 30s. We will have two sections this year.”

Red Level Elementary School will have two sections of kindergarten this year. Theirs fluctuates between two and three.

WS Harlan Elementary School Principal Joy Colvin said that their kindergarten enrollment numbers were down this year.