Marietta, Cobb see enrollment increases
by Lindsay Field
October 31, 2012 01:06 AM | 2933 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Both Cobb and Marietta school districts saw enrollment increases in the fall semester.

There are 107,681 students enrolled in the Cobb County School District, up from 107,291 in 2011. Marietta City Schools has 8,466 students, up from 8,279 last year.

Each school district turned in first-of-the-year counts to the state Tuesday for the Full-Time Equivalent funds, which is based on enrollment.

In FY 2012, Cobb County received about $385 million from the state, up $5 million from FY 2011. Marietta City Schools got about $29 million, up $2.1 million from last year.

Cobb’s enrollment increased by 390 students over last fall and by 2,527 since the district took its preliminary enrollment numbers in mid-August.

Cobb Schools spokesman Doug Goodwin couldn’t point out a reason for the growth, but they have reached out to area principals to see if they may know.

“We’re seeing returned students from the Mableton charter school and have seen some shifts from private schools,” Goodwin said. “Principals have also reported having multiple families living together for economic reasons.”

Imagine International Academy of Mableton, which was home to about 600 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, closed in May after the school board denied its charter renewal petition.

Goodwin said the number of high school students increased by 360 this year, from 32,718 last year to 33,078 this year.

The high schools reporting the highest enrollment are North Cobb in Kennesaw with 2,634 students and Walton in east Cobb with 2,636 students. The high school with the lowest number of students enrolled is Kell in north Cobb with 1,568 students.

Middle schools with the largest number of students are Campbell in Smyrna with 1,314 students and East Cobb in Marietta with 1,285. The lowest enrollment figure for a traditional sixth through eighth grade middle school was reported at McCleskey near Marietta with 653.

The elementary schools with the highest enrollment are Sope Creek with 1,158 and East Side with 1,181, both located in east Cobb, and the school with the lowest enrollment number is Brown in Smyrna with 268 students. This school will close at the end of this school year because of last January’s south Cobb redistricting.

Marietta saw a growth of 187 more students than last year and 113 since their preliminary enrollment figures were determined.

Superintendent Emily Lembeck said she believes school choice has brought a number of neighborhood students to her school system.

“It’s also my understanding that the occupancy rate is high right now, and I think part of that is that people are seeking affordable housing,” she said, adding that Marietta has a lot of rental properties. “There may even be a bit of a baby boom going on.”

The enrollment growth has become a trend in Marietta, with the district growing approximately 200-plus students over the last three years. With this continued increase in students, Lembeck said they will have figure out how to accommodate that growth.

“Most (schools) are close to capacity or are full in our elementary schools,” she said. “That growth will roll up into our middle grades as well.”

The school with the biggest jump in enrollment was Burruss Elementary with the addition of 54 students, increasing from 389 students to 443 this fall.

Marietta Middle School also reported enrolling more students with an increase of nine from 1,161 last year to 1,170 this year.

Marietta High School enrolled an additional 26 students since October 2011, up to 2,050 from 2,024 last year.

West Side and Lockheed elementary schools are the only Marietta schools that did not show enrollment increases. West Side reported 50 fewer students this fall, dropping from 546 to 496, and Lockheed has 48 fewer students, falling from 880 to 832.
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Don't Kid Yourself
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November 01, 2012
They aren't coming to MCS b/c of choice; people are coming to MCS b/c they cannot afford private school anymore, and MCS has effectively eliminated any competition in the district by denying other schools (with cooperation from Marietta City zoning). When/if the charter bill passes, we'll see who really cares to go to MCS, a system that continues to set the bar low and prides itself on being the best of the worst.
Marietta Mom
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November 04, 2012
My family came to MCS because of CHOICE! We can afford tuition at most private schools, but choose Marietta CIty Schools. Most of my friends can also afford private school tuition, but they also choose to send their kids to Marietta City. YOU are out of touch.
Pakistan Iran SA
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October 31, 2012
A huge amount of students are from Pakistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. This baffles my mind!They are all on free and reduced lunch that they taxpayers are footing the bill!
formersubincobb
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October 31, 2012
And they also don't have to have immunizations, citing "religious" reasons, which puts our kids at risk, or follow our rules (pledge of allegiance included).
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