East Cobb School Enrollment Screenings Archive

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Patterns of cyclical school enrollment growth that began in Cobb County in the 1950s are continuing again, according to population projections prepared for the Cobb County School District.

After decades of continued growth, East Cobb public school enrollment projections are expected to remain relatively flat for the near future.

A demographic report presented to the Cobb Board of Education in February showed the fastest growing areas in Cobb County continue to be in the Smyrna and South Cobb areas.

It is the focal point for new and upcoming construction projects in the Cobb County School District.

Pockets of growing enrollment in East Cobb have resulted in expansions and new classroom space in some schools.

New Cobb Education VI SPLOST calls for replacement of main classroom building at Sprayberry High School, as well as expansions and additions to Dickerson and Dodgen Colleges, and Bells Ferry, Kincaid, Mt. Bethel, Murdock, Sope Creek and Tritt Primary Schools.

Dr. James Wilson, former superintendent of Cobb and Fulton, told school board members in February that Cobb County was back to where suburbanization trends began in the 1950s.

“He just moved,” Wilson said. “He moved around, and he came back south.”

Counterclockwise trends then shifted to East Cobb in the 1980s, then to North Cobb and West Cobb.

He showed a land use map of the county showing that most of Cobb’s undeveloped areas are in the western and southern areas. Cobb Commission Districts 2 and 3, which include East Cobb, have less than 5,000 acres of undeveloped land combined.

“We’re running out of land,” Wilson said, noting that the continuation of the type of large-scale residential development of earlier times, including Chimney Lakes in East Cobb “just isn’t there.”

He cited 2020 census statistics showing a sharp decline in county permits since the start of the economic recession in 2007.

“We’re not going to go back to the building of 2003 and 1998 and so on,” Wilson said.

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Wilson also showed council members a chart (above) breaking down the school age groups in each high school cluster, with Campbell High School’s attendance area seeing the biggest increases.

These numbers are also based on 2020 census data; the high number of ages 15-19 in the North Cobb area is due to students enrolled at Kennesaw State University.

“It allows us to plan accordingly,” Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said during the presentation, “where we might need a new high school, a new elementary school, and what the trend is telling us about the families.

“They can start in one region and then move to another region. So these are very important data that we can use. »

Wilson also showed enrollment numbers by school since the start of COVID-19. Enrollment in the Cobb School District has fallen to around 107,000 from nearly 112,000 students before the pandemic.

You can watch a replay of the registration presentation by clicking here then go to the working session of February 10; the presentation begins at around 53 minutes.

You can read the presentation slides by clicking here.

The tables below show five-year enrollment figures for East Cobb schools, beginning with the disrupted 2019-2020 school year, including the current 2021-22 school year, and projections for the school year 2023-24.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS


























Ability 19-20 21-22 23-24
addison 662 628 581 570
Ferry Bells 712 743 719 754
Blackwell 837 729 641 677
Brumby 1162 957 956 948
Davis 800 601 610 647
East Coast 1087 1240 1128 1063
eastvalley 562 779 673 766
garrison mill 700 674 677 642
Keheley 600 477 413 453
Kincaid 762 678 578 710
Mount Bethel 937 1098 992 1094
mountain view 962 843 773 827
murdock 962 987 935 933
Nicholson 637 480 406 468
Ferry Powers 900 411 391 422
rocky mountain 612 613 562 557
Sedalia Park 912 732 621 605
shallow falls 962 681 591 711
Sope Creek 1162 1157 1058 1131
wood crest 612 560 482 528
Tritt 937 919 807 907
CCDS Totals 56,702 49,091 45,943 49,901

COLLEGES













Ability 19-20 21-22 23-24
Danielle 1175 1015 906 1104
Dickerson 1187 1307 1208 1354
Dodged 1187 1297 1208 1246
East Cobb 1387 1458 1297 1355
Hightower Trail 1012 1068 1022 1083
mabry 1162 951 887 958
McCleskey 937 708 630 657
simpsons 962 899 868 858
CCDS Totals 28,770 26,533 25 206 25,558

HIGH SCHOOLS











Ability 19-20 21-22 23-24
Kel 2025 1502 1496 1483
Lassiter 2087 2070 [1945[1945 2286
Pope 1912 1943 1855 1790
Sprayberry 2087 1778 1890 1957
walton 2812 2655 2689 2757
Wheeler 2187 2179 2296 2534
CCDS Totals 36,168 35,220 35,949 36,881

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