School enrollment tops predictions
GCPS tallies 159,269 students in latest head count

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools' enrollment has topped the post-Labor Day projection.

Monday's count - the fourth of five - showed 159,269 students were enrolled in the school system, 352 more than last week, spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

The school system has grown by 4,377 students since the first count was conducted Aug. 11. The most recent enrollment count is 306 students above the district's projected post-Labor Day count of 158,963 students.

Typically, enrollment continues to climb throughout the school year, peaking during the fourth or fifth school month, Roach said.

"The fastest growth is during the first month of school," she said.

The school system conducts weekly enrollment counts during the first month so it can make adjustments in staffing or textbook allocations as needed, Roach said.

The post-Labor Day count is scheduled for Sept. 8.