Bulloch Academy, the largest private school in Statesboro, started its 2017–18 school year Tuesday with a record 593 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade, up from 554 enrolled at the end of the previous term.
The new total includes 298 students in elementary school, 116 in middle school and 179 in high school. The 50 high school seniors are set to be BA’s biggest graduating class yet, reported Head of School Leisa Houghton. Meanwhile, 66 children who are or soon will be 4 years old fill the academy’s three state lottery-funded pre-K classes.
“We definitely have some growth potential there,” Houghton said. “We’re looking at our facilities and everything, and our board is even considering some expansions in the future. We’ve just finished a 30-year master plan that we hope to roll out soon.”
The school is continuing its A.I.M. program, or “Accelerating Inquisitive Minds,” for kindergarten through eighth grade and gearing this more toward STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math. Bulloch Academy just added an AP Human Geography class for ninth-graders so that every high school grade level has at least one Advanced Placement course opportunity, but some have two or three, she said.
Except for some unexpected rain around recess, the first day went smoothly, from the arrival of parents with children in the morning to afternoon dismissal, Houghton said.