by Mateo Requejo-Tejada
Las Lomas High School is a school with a fairly large student population that has increased over the previous years, but it isn’t necessarily overcrowded. Last year, Las Lomas had 1,587 students attending the school; this year, there are 1,622 students. When asked about the growing student population, Associate Principal Mr. Giron stated that there “isn’t a significant increase to [the point that the school] really [has] to create infrastructural changes.” He did address the fact that the school has added another portable, or temporary classroom, on the old basketball court. He said that this is necessary because of an increase in science classes which requires more classrooms equipped to house science classes, such as Chemistry, are needed. Mr. Giron also explained that teachers who have their own rooms tend to have two free periods where no one is using their classrooms. “So you have multiple periods [where] there [are] no [students] sitting in these rooms.” For this reason, some teachers double up and share a classroom so that the school is teaching as many kids as it can at any given moment. Mr. Giron concluded that the Las Lomas student body isn’t overwhelmingly large, but that just a number that will fluctuate every year. The current amount of students is about a two percent increase compared to last year. These additional students come out to be 35 extra individuals which is equivalent to a singular classroom, like the new portable.
Miramonte High School has experienced a small decrease in students in the past two years compared to their previous high of around 1300 students. Miramonte’s school principal, Ms. Julie Parks, commented that the dip has not been a massive decrease; however, due to the smaller amount of students, Ms. Parks said that if they were to go below 1200 by losing another thirty students next year, Miramonte would have to begin to cut courses because it wouldn’t be able to offer as many sections due to the lack of students. “That could jeopardize certain programs that are smaller… like elective programs and our ability to offer those electives,” said Ms. Parks. She also added that, with these section cuts and lower student count, there would begin to be more teachers than needed and that the teachers would have to teach in other schools in the district. Eventually, these teachers might need to be let go due to the lack of work available for them at the school.