West El’s enrollment in 2019-20 was nearly 600 students. The capacity of the new elementary school will be 925 K-5 students. MSBA, which tends to be conservative in its enrollment projections, has authorized West Elementary to be built for 925 students in order to address their projection of enrollment growth over the coming decade, as outlined in question # 7. Additionally, West houses the districts most intensive special education programs that often require varied configurations and additional space to serve the educational needs of children enrolled in these programs. Finally, this allows for the district to continue working toward the goal of smaller elementary class sizes, a desire of both Andover educators and parents. It is critical given projections that the school is constructed to address growth for the next 50 years and to ensure that the significant growth anticipated in the current decade does not result in the school opening at capacity, thereby leaving the community in a similar situation as exists today.
Including the wing for the preschool population, the capacity of the entire proposed facility will be 1,055 PreK-5 students.