The Enrollment, Capacity & Utilization Report is an annual document that provides information on school organization and school building utilization. The utilization data is derived by using information from the Principal Annual Space Survey where principals report on how spaces are being used during a given school year. This Report is designed to provide a standardized assessment of capacity for each school and school building and assist decision-making relative to space utilization.
Beginning with the 2022-23 Blue Book, we have opted to reinstate the Program Efficiency Ratio for a select group of specialty instruction rooms, including dance rooms, weight rooms and shop rooms, where their physical layout presents significant challenge for adaptable use in teaching different subjects.
The demographic projections take into account the birth, enrollment, and migration trends for five and ten years into the future. The enrollment projection is then combined with projected housing growth to derive the total projected enrollment. Following are enrollment projections prepared by Statistical Forecasting.
Project Housing Starts
FY20-24 Projects in Process
Proposals and Rezonings
Capacity Need Analysis Process
New housing development projects can stress the local schools by introducing an influx of new students. The Department of Education collaborates with other City Agencies to develop a comprehensive list of new housing starts and incorporates the expected increase in school-age population into its projections. Following are housing projection reports used in developing the projections.
The FY2025 – 2029 Capital Plan is organized to encompass efforts in four categories: Capacity, Healthy Schools, Capital Investment, and Mandated. Capacity includes all initiatives that create new school facilities and seats. Healthy Schools funds electrification as well as expansion of physical education and health instruction spaces. The Capital Investment category includes the Capital Improvement Program and School Enhancement Projects, which were established to adjust and enhance the instructional capabilities of our existing buildings. The Mandated Programs category allocates funding to meet requirements by local laws, City agency mandates, and other required elements such as remediation and building code compliance projects, insurance, and emergencies.
The SCA's comprehensive capital planning process includes developing and analyzing quality data, creating and updating the Department of Education's Five-Year Capital Plans, and monitoring projects through completion. The SCA prioritizes capital projects to best meet the capacity and building improvements needs throughout the City. Additionally, the SCA assures that the Capital Plan aligns with New York State and City Department of Education mandates, academic initiatives, and budgetary resources. The most current published reports are included below for your review. In addition, by clicking on the tabs to the left, you can access current and prior published reports.