2017 enrollment: AES numbers top 1K

Published 12:51 am Thursday, October 12, 2017

Andalusia City Schools once again experienced growth in its enrollment, according to average daily membership numbers reported to the state department of education.

Each year, systems are required to submit enrollment numbers that record average daily membership (ADM) or daily enrollment.

Those numbers, which are gathered based on attendance the first 20 days after Labor Day, are used to determined the level of funding for a system, which includes teacher salaries for the following fiscal year.

Andalusia City Schools saw an increase from last year of 39 students for a total of 1,783, including pre-K.

ACS reported 473 students at the high school, which is down slightly from last year’s 489; 267 at the junior high school, which is down from last year’s 275 and 1,010 at the elementary school, which is up from 917 last year.

Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson said there was a large kindergarten class.

“We are pleased with our numbers,” he said.

Overall, those numbers are down significantly from the 1995-1996 school year when 2,089 students were enrolled.

The 2004-2005 school year was the lowest enrollment for ACS with 1,625.