Huff analyzed the current school year’s enrollment, which at 93,818 was a gain of 1,318 students over the previous year. This school year, Sandy Springs was the area with the highest student growth, with the North Fulton and South Fulton area schools also experiencing an increase in enrollment.
Overall, the school system’s total enrollment of 93,818 was 624 students above projections, missing the mark by less than one percent. In the metro Atlanta area, Fulton’s enrollment forecasting ranked among the top two school systems in accuracy. Fulton also ranked second in student growth while other school districts are seeing a decline in their enrollment or only modest increases.
Over the next five years, Fulton’s forecasting model suggests the school district will continue to grow by nearly 5,500 students with comparable growth among the North Fulton, Sandy Springs and South Fulton areas.
Each spring, the Operational Planning Department presents a forecasting report to the school board to keep members apprised of enrollment trends and developments. These forecasts are used to determine where new schools or additional classrooms may be needed and are updated throughout the year to be as accurate as possible.