Annandale High School, would result in much fewer students participating in sports and other programs at AHS, according to an analysis of 2008-10 data by the school’s PTSA.
For example, girls lacrosse would likely see a decline of 47 percent, the award-winning A-Blast student newspaper would face a 43 percent decline, and boys baseball would see a 29 percent decline in participation.
The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing various options presented by the Annandale Regional Planning Study Committee for relieving overcrowding at AHS. While the committee was charged with developing solutions for adjusting the boundaries of high schools and middle schools in the Annandale area, its final report recommends that the school board consider non-boundary options for addressing overcrowding by changing schools’ grade configurations.
The AHS PTSA report bolsters the argument for addressing overcrowding without changing the school’s boundaries. “We found that students who live within two miles of AHS tend to participate the most,” it states. “Therefore, redistricting students from neighborhoods that lie closest to the school would have the greatest impact across the widest variety of programs and activities at AHS and would also result in a significant reduction in parental and community support.”