School capacity changes each year depending on the programs in the school, the student to teacher ratio, and scheduling. DeJONG-RICHTER recommends that the capacity of buildings be updated annually to realize the most effective use of them and to enable the district to plan ahead. Planning ahead can involve redistricting, new buildings, renovations and additions to current buildings, and purchasing or reallocating portable buildings.
The methodology used to determine elementary, middle, and high school capacity is different for each level. DeJONG-RICHTER will conduct thorough site visits of each of the facilities as well as interviews with building leadership personnel to assess educational and programming needs of the facility.
After compiling the capacity data, DeJONG-RICHTER will apply the appropriate utilization factor to each building. The school district will receive a report detailing each school’s capacity and whether it is over or under capacity. Also, the district will be provided with an enrollment versus capacity chart that will show if there is excess space or more space needed to house students. DeJONG-RICHTER will tailor each capacity study to reflect the district’s preferred student to teacher ratio.