Richland Creek Elementary School opened Monday as the smallest Wake County elementary school in recent memory.
As noted in today's article, Richland Creek opened with 97 students on a modular campus with a a capacity of 368 students. The enrollment would have been lower if not for the decision to also offer fourth- and fifth-grades for families who wanted to keep their children together.
The school only had 34 students on the books in June. But the newcomers who moved in over the summer to the Wake Forest area were steered to the school when they submitted their choice requests.
The influx of new students allowed the the school to drop the planned use of multi-age classes.
Class sizes are in the teens with as few as 13 students in a class.
Richland Creek's enrollment will rise this school year and next school year. A question is how much the return to an address-based plan will lead to reassignment to boost the enrollment in 2013.