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Sept. 19, 2009

Blair enrollment increases for the 2009 2010 school year

by Ava Wallace, Online Editor-in-Chief
Enrollment for the 2009 2010 school year has increased from the 2008 2009 school year, despite county projections indicating that Blair would have fewer incoming freshmen this fall. The number of freshmen increased mainly because there are more students who have Blair designated as their home school than in previous years, according to resource counselor Marcia Johnson.

Increased enrollment for the 2009 - 2010 school year creates an unusual amount of crowding in Blair. Alex Joseph
Increased enrollment for the 2009 - 2010 school year creates an unusual amount of crowding in Blair.
Blair currently has 736 freshmen, excluding those who are repeating the ninth grade, enrolled for the 2009 - 2010 school year, according to Johnson. In addition, Blair has 660 sophomores, 599 juniors and 585 seniors enrolled. At the beginning of the school year, many returning students noticed the freshmen class's size. "There are definitely more people," junior Jennifer Hernandez said. Sophomore Alex Rittman agreed, "It actually does seem more crowded."

Class sizes declined for a period of time due to Northwood High School's reopening in 2004, but the number of students enrolling at Blair is escalating. Johnson believes that the primary reason for larger class sizes is the number of people moving to Silver Spring and Takoma Park, increasing the number of students whose home school is Blair. "Northwood opening up helped enrollment decrease, but people keep moving here for whatever reason, and it causes enrollment to go up," explained Johnson.

Blair may also seem more crowded because the other grades are smaller in comparison, according to ninth-grade administrator Edith Verdejo. She believes that returning classes are smaller because of students who drop out or transfer schools. "For every 99 students dropping out, we have 100 freshmen coming in, Johnson said.

Verdejo also agreed with Johnson that the freshman class is larger because more people have Blair as a home school than in previous years. "We were projected to have lower enrollment, but freshmen were coming out of the woodwork," Verdejo said.

The largest numbers of Blair freshmen come from Eastern, Takoma Park and Silver Spring International Middle Schools respectively, according to Verdejo. "We have about 100-plus kids coming from those schools, but we also have kids from Argyle, Loiederman, Newport Mills, Parkland and Sligo - probably 20 30 from each, for example. A lot of kids are also coming from private schools," she said.

The rise in enrollment within Blair's school district poses a problem for administrators trying to decrease class sizes. "We can only do so much," said Verdejo, "but we know that we can't jam-pack 1,000 more kids in here; we don't have the space or staff."

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  • ava is #1 on September 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    ava is the best
  • JV from El Dorado High School, Chandler, Arizona on September 21, 2009 at 3:03 PM
    Wow, that seems like your school may become overcrowed beyond school capacity pretty soon.
  • Yiming on September 22, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    Yea, that may be true
  • Crabtree's stalker on September 22, 2009 at 8:36 PM
  • Saron (View Email) on September 23, 2009 at 6:03 PM
    too many freshmans!!! the school is so crowded..
  • bailey libitzer (View Email) on September 24, 2009 at 8:33 AM
    hey wow your website is pretty amazing just saying. an thats is alot of freshman at my school (leechburg area high school) we have around 60 freshman we have 72 sophomores about 70 juniors an about 50 seniors wow lol
  • C on September 24, 2009 at 11:48 AM
  • Jane (View Email) on September 24, 2009 at 5:03 PM
    I don't understand why it always surprises MCPS how large this class is. When this group was in Kindergarten, they had to add portables at Montgomery Knolls. Must have been a mini baby boom the year these guys were born ;)
  • M. So (View Email) on September 25, 2009 at 3:42 PM
    If you think thinks are crowded this year, you ain't seen nothing yet. The 736 freshmen from this year will be 736 sophomores next year. The 660 sophomores and 599 juniors will become juniors and seniors, respectively. But the big news is that this year's middle school 8th grade classes will become nearly 1000 freshmen next year. Blair is on its way to becoming a 2800 student school in 2010 - 2011, and a 3000 student school in 2011 - 2012.
  • Jon Cariba Phoenix on October 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    For those who were not here in earlier years, in 2003-2004, my freshman year, Blair had a bit over three thousand students, making it the largest public high school in Maryland at the time. We had I think 6 portables too, which we might see again. I personally didn't mind so much the large size of the school, but I think its a little hypocritical for the Mont Co. administration to promise lower school sizes and then not follow through. My freshman year I think Blair asked BCC if they could take part of Blair's district because BCC was under-enrolled. BCC administration said no, because "immigrant populations would lower their test scores." How freaking racist can you get??
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  • alumnae3 (View Email) on October 17, 2009 at 1:29 PM
    I was a Blazer from 98-2. We had 3100 student then. When the new blair opened it was over capacity! So the 11-12 school year projections would just be where blair was @ when it opened!

    @ jon cariba phonix:
    I remember that! BCC wants to keep it population anglo. Blatant racism , & no 1 called them on it! Very unfair.

    Wh wasnt the schoool built with 4 levels? A basement? MBHS will ALWAYS be overcrowded bc the local population of students from SS/TakPK is already high. Then the programs: Magnet & cap bring in additinal students.
  • Julie on December 23, 2012 at 12:33 PM
    Of course, if they added the fourth floor, I wouldn't be able to tell the freshmen about the pool...
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