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Back-to-School By the Numbers

A statistical snapshot of Edgewater, Davidsonville and south county schools, focusing on student population and the number of buses used to get them there.

Next week nearly 10,000 students from Edgewater, Davidsonville and south county will hop on as they head back to Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS).

As families throughout the area prepare for quieter homes, back-to-school shopping and “do your homework” negotiations, Patch wanted to provide a quick numerical snapshot of what will be taking place throughout the region on the first day of school, Aug. 27.

More than 77,000 children will fill AACPS classrooms throughout the county, but only a projected 9,836 will occupy schools in the and school clusters.

Patch earlier reported in June that were being allotted by the county council, mostly addressing overcrowding issues at elementary schools.

South River High specifically is getting to fill vacated positions, some of whom are first-year educators.

For the upcoming 2012-13 school year, AACPS created an official projected enrollment list that captures the anticipated number of students at various schools in the region. 

South River Cluster

  • —2,269
  • —1,125
  • —656
  • Crofton Meadows Elementary—381
  • Crofton Woods Elementary—579
  • —642
  • —452
  • —321

Southern Cluster

  • Southern High—1,114
  • Southern Middle—794
  • Deale Elementary—284
  • Lothian Elementary—426
  • Shady Side Elementary—472
  • Tracey’s Elementary—348

In addition to gathering how many kids are going to school next week, it’s important not to forget the buses and their many, many routes that transport the students. 

For schools in the South River High and Southern High school clusters, 227 buses will serve various communities. In some cases, like that of Davidsonville Elementary, a single school’s buses are set to make about 183 stops every morning.

AACPS published a complete online list of buses, their routes and pick-up times. The website also offers a complete rundown of all county schools, specifically broken down between various elementarymiddle and high schools.

Trudy P August 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Central Elementary just finished its expansion and it is overcrowded. Having to redistrict kids AGAIN is a great example why to get a fully elected schoolboard. If they had to be elected every several years they might be compelled to actually do their job.
Jonathan Moynihan (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Also as a side not aboute Central Elementary, just a reminder to families--- Central doesn't open until Tuesday to give teachers an extra day to ensure they're ready since the construction has caused some hiccups.
Kristina August 21, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Central Middle is delayed one day, not the elementary school. I just confirmed with the secretary there.
Harvey Byson August 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
If the schoolboard was doing their job they wouldn’t have to keep redistricting between elementary schools in South River District. Why cant we get a schoolboard that understands how to read a census and actually plan accordingly?
Jonathan Moynihan (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Yes my mistake, I meant Central Middle.
Samuel Priddy August 21, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Redistricting elementary students every couple of years is preposterous. I wonder who is up for relocation this coming fall/winter. It destroys the kids social development.
Jenny Ryan August 22, 2012 at 01:11 PM
If Maxwell’s entourage of 100k+ per year “professionals” were truly worth all my tax dollars, they would not keep having to redistrict every year. We need real professionals and new superintendent.
Derek Boyd August 22, 2012 at 01:44 PM
We don’t have a say. We have no real representation in our kids education. Why should we expect professional planning from an OMalley appointed board?
Joan Democrat August 22, 2012 at 01:52 PM
OMalley has good examples of how stupid the AACO electorate is. We voted in our current council and re-elected Leopold. With reps like Walker, who "represents" this area, I can see the hesitation to give the power to the voters on this. If we had a Walker on school board----OMG. It could be worse, folks.
Harry Trimpolini August 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM
As an office supply salesman, Walker could help BOE reduce the budget. As a councilman he raises our taxes and caters to union and developer interests. As a schoolboard member he would improve HIS kid's schools and leave the rest to be educated in trailers and crumbling high schools. He gave Crofton schools upgrades instead of fixing a high school that has ceiling tiles falling on kids and bathrooms that flood.

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