KAOL enrollment is steadily growing

KINGMAN - Kingman Academy of Learning built it, and they came.

What started out around 600 students from kindergarten through sixth grade has turned into more than 1,500 students enrolled for the 2008-2009 academic year from preschool through high school seniors.

For the past five years, the district has seen an increase in enrollment. For the 2008-2009 academic year, the district has a total enrollment of 1,528 - up 17 students from the 2007-2008 academic year.

With four grades, a principal and an assistant principal, Kingman Academy High is the one school given the largest enrollment cap.

While the district set the cap at 500 students, the high school currently has 503 students enrolled during the 2008-2009 academic year. With possible transfer students, there is a strong possibility they will be at or below 500 students sometime during the year, Student Information Specialist Connie Stephens said.

The high school is the only school to feature a principal and an assistant principal, KAOL Director Betty Rowe said. All of the other three school rely solely on a principal at each educational institute.

This is an increase from 490 students, 403 students, 355 and 297 students during the last four academic years respectively.

Kingman Academy Middle School has 349 students enrolled this academic year. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade levels are limited to 112 students each.

In the previous four years, the middle school has had an enrollment between 348 and 350.

This academic year, Kingman Academy Intermediate School has 327 students in grades three through eight.

The district set the maximum class size at 26 students, with four classrooms for each grade level. The intermediate school also dedicates two classrooms to students with disabilities.

At Kingman Academy Primary School, enrollment from kindergarten to second grades has steadily increased.

Numbers went from 313 students during 2004-2005 academic year to 349 this year.

With four classrooms, first and second grades are limited to 24 students a room.

Kindergarten limits classroom size to 18 students in five rooms.

Limited to 17 students a room, the preschool has four classrooms.

The district has clearance for up to 1,600 students from the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, Rowe said.

"We can if we want to and we don't have to," Rowe said.