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Newport Grammar School sees enrollment jump
Newport Grammar School sees enrollment jump

The classes may be small, but that doesn't mean students and parents aren't lining up to attend Newport Grammar School. 791 students go to the Pre-K through 8th grade school this year, 99 more than last year.

"We usually see 30 coming in, 30 going out, kind of an equal balance," said Principal Sandra Burchette. "We have just all summer seen such an increase in enrollment."

The school is zoned for those who live within city limits. Others can attend, but pay tuition.

"We charge $300 per year if a student decides to come here," Burchette said.

There is no bus service. Some families come from as far away as Dandridge.

State officials named Newport an "Exemplary" school district this summer. Burchette believes that, combined with several other factors are driving increased interest in the school.

"The teachers try to create differentiation in their teaching to meet the needs," she said.

Benchmark tests gauge student progress and TCAP preparedness three times a year.

"I think the word has gotten out that we're really data driven. We take the TCAP very seriously, our scores show it," Burchette said.

She credits the hard work of everyone in the building.

"It's a team effort. I think it starts with the custodians getting the school ready, the cafeteria workers, all the way up through the teachers' assistants, administration and school board," Burchette said.

If there is too much interest in certain grades, they will start a wait list. This year they had to do that with kindergarten and first grade.

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