UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- The summer is coming to an end and that means it's back to school time. For one school, it may be a busier year than usual.
Notre Dame High School is taking on more than 40 percent of the students from Rome Catholic School since they closed the doors to high school students at the end of the 2013 academic year.
That's roughly about 25 students, but they're expecting that number to rise.
Notre Dame is accommodating those students with transportation. Buses will pick up students from Rome Catholic and bring them to Notre Dame, making it an easy one stop route.
The Director of Enrollment, James Jones, says they're working to keep class sizes down by adding more courses and hiring more teachers. Most recently, they've added a new AP course and they're looking to hire teachers for the subjects or art, music and more.
While the Rome Catholic School closing has led to an influx of students at Notre Dame, it's not the only contributor. Jones says overall enrollment is up 12 percent in the last two years and they could see a big increase just in the next week.
"It's still a variable because it's still changing right up until the day we start. so we still have a week to go. we're still getting a lot of inquiries, still getting a lot of tours and so once again and that includes outlying districts like VVS, Oneida, and then we go down to the Valley where we saw that merger with Ilion and Mohawk. We service about 24 school districts, so everyone's starting to see us as a more viable option now," said james jones.
In the next year and a half, Notre Dame High School will be breaking ground on a massive expansion, including a new building and a new wing. The entire Notre Dame Elementary School will be relocated to the high school. It's the first time in 50 years they'll have the one-campus model.
Jones says this project also makes them a more attractive option for education, so there could be an increase in students when that project gets underway as well.