The capacity at Alderwood Middle School is about 780 students. This year, more than 850 students are enrolled. In fact, overcrowding at the school has been a concern since 2001.
“Administrators do the best they can to tell the kids to go to the side of the halls and keep going,” said Kris Freywald, eighth grade counselor at AMS. “It always increases risks, from arguments to getting pushed, everyone’s concerned.”
The Edmonds School Board took up the issue at its meeting last week.
Some have suggested the district adjust the boundaries so enrollment is similar to that of other schools, but it appears a planning committee is taking a different approach. It’s likely to recommend that Spruce Elementary feed into Meadowdale Middle School, which is underutilized, rather than Alderwod Middle School. Discussions with Spruce parents and staff are ongoing.
In the meantime, students are adjusting to the crowded hallways.
“Pick the tallest student, and walk behind them,” Freywald said.