Enrollment in Harford County Public Schools stood at 38,027 students as of September 30, 2010, a decline of 164 students from 2009, and continuing a trend of flat enrollment over the past several years. According to 2010 data released by the school system, overall public school capacity in the county currently exceeds enrollment by nearly 5,400 seats, but pockets of overcrowding persist, primarily in the elementary schools.
Six elementary schools, Emmorton, Prospect Mill, Forest Lakes, Hickory, Youth’s Benefit and Homestead Wakefield are currently over 100% of capacity. Redistricting and the opening of a new school at Red Pump are planned for next year to bring crowded elementary schools below capacity and to balance elementary enrollment countywide.
Among the nine public middle schools in the county, only Patterson Mill is over capacity at 106%, while Havre de Grace and Magnolia have the lowest enrollment at 68% of capacity in each school.
In high school, two out of ten public schools are overcrowded – Harford Technical, which accepts students by application, is at 111% of capacity, and Patterson Mill is at 104%. Edgewood and Fallston High Schools have the lowest enrollment as a percent of capacity, at 70% and 73% respectively.
Below is the data on school enrollment, capacity and projections provided to the Harford County Board of Education on November 22, 2010. Please note that elementary school projections are based on current school boundaries and are subject to change following redistricting. Projections at all levels include boundary exceptions in the calculation of trend data. State rated capacity is adjusted annually at each school where changes occur in building utilization.
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