Please make your voice heard by filling out this survey by Monday, February 10: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PPS-CF (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser).
- The birth rate is declining in Princeton, Mercer County, and nationally.
- Growth in Princeton school enrollments is attributed to new residents moving to the area.
- Some of the future growth will come from the 880 new housing units to be built as part of the town’s Fair Share Housing deal.
- Much of the new housing will be in Littlebrook’s sending district but Community Park will also continue to be at or overcapacity, while enrollments from Johnson Park and Riverside’s sending districts are expected to decline.
- Enrollment at JW Middle School is expected to increase by 10% just next year and will steadily climb. This school is already well over capacity.
- PHS enrollment will also continue to climb to eventually more than 2,000 students.
What Else You Should Know:
- No solutions have been put forth by the district as a result of this new demographic information. They want to hear from the community first.
- While the facilities improvements approved by voters in 2018 may alleviate some of the crowding at JW and PHS, it will not have an impact on crowding at the elementary schools. It will also not expand the capacity of core spaces (gym, cafeteria) at JW or the elementary schools.
Other constituent groups in Princeton—many without school-age children—are organized, active, and frequently communicating their opinions to the Board of Education. The Board of Education needs to hear from parents too since the decisions being made will directly affect our children’s education.