Student enrollment has surged in Montgomery County’s public schools, with the district’s forecast for the coming school year reflecting the largest one-year jump since 2000. More than 2,800 additional students are expected to fill classrooms in Montgomery’s 202 schools.
Since an upward trend began in 2007, enrollment has ticked up by 16,400 students. Montgomery is the fastest-growing school system in Maryland.
The charts below, from Montgomery County, show the growth the school system has experienced. After three relatively flat years from 2003 to 2005 — and declines in 2006 and 2007 — the system has grown quickly. Each year since 2008 has seen student population growth of at least 2,200 students, and total growth since 2007 has been nearly 12 percent.