Elementary and middle school students in the Mountain View Whisman School District bid farewell to summer on Tuesday as they headed back to class.
As of last week, the district's enrollment is up by almost 250 students, 120 of them kindergartners. This pushes the district's total student population to over 4,700.
The district had "more growth than we anticipated last year," said Stephanie Totter, director of administrative services.
To accommodate the increased enrollment, the district has opened a new school, Stevenson Elementary. The campus, located in renovated buildings adjacent to the district office, houses the district-wide Parent, Child, Teacher program known as PACT. The board of trustees voted last year to move the program from Castro Elementary to the new campus to alleviate overcrowding at Castro.
Meanwhile, the German International School of Silicon Valley welcomed 54 new students as classes began there last week. German Consul General Peter Rothen visited the students on their first day, telling them, "You will have a great time at a great school."