The opening of a new Glassell Park high school was welcome news at Marshall High, which returned to a traditional school calendar as nearly 2,000 of its students were siphoned off by the new campus. However, the beginning of the school year finds many classrooms at Marshall – which has served students from Atwater, Silver Lake and Elysian Heights – more crowded than ever, according to the Los Feliz Ledger. As many as 60 students have jammed into some classes, and L.A. Unified has sent in additional teachers to handle the overflow. Why is Marshall’s Los Feliz campus more crowded than ever? The Ledger said the weak economy might be partly to blame:
… an influx of students previously enrolled in private schools—either hit by the economy’s continued sluggishness; or those simply interested in attending Marshall, now that it’s on a traditional, nine-month schedule—has pushed attendance up an estimated 200 students, according to Marshall principal Dan Harrison.
Meanwhile, at the new Sonia Sotomayor High in Glassell Park, enrollment is so far running at only about half of the capacity the campus was designed to handle.