Enrollment trends in USD 385 show modest growth for both the past and future. The projected enrollment through the 2020-21 school year indicates continued increases, resulting in about 300 additional K-12 students. Compared to our enrollment history, this is dramatically slower than we are used to, but continues to increase steadily.
Anticipated enrollment from residential development opportunities in the area will likely result in even more student growth. Moderate expansion will continue, mostly in currently developing areas around the City of Andover feeding into Andover High School. In studying residential development trends, reviewing the building permit history helps identify possible new housing and student growth. Building permit activity is projected to remain similar to the last couple of years, between 250-300 units annually.
The key to attracting young families with younger school-aged children is having affordable units and residential developments.
School capacity is another important issue facing the district. From the recent demographic study, the elementary schools do not appear to have space concerns; all six are at least 50 students below the building’s capacity and won’t hit capacity in the next five years. However, the middle and high school buildings are filling up fast. Andover Central High School and Andover Middle School will reach inadequate capacity by 2017-18. Andover High School is anticipated to receive the largest growth and is already exceeding capacity. There will need to be more than boundary changes to address the capacity issues at the middle and high school level.