Capacity Assessment - Cooperative Strategies, LLC

Capacity Assessment

The Ultimate Balancing Act: School Capacity Assessments

School capacity changes each year depending on the programs in the school, the student to teacher ratio, and scheduling. We recommend that the capacity of buildings be updated annually to realize the most effective use of them and to enable the district to plan ahead.

Planning ahead can involve redistricting, new buildings, renovations and additions to current buildings, and purchasing or reallocating portable buildings. We apply a comprehensive approach to calculating capacity and space that steps beyond the counting of classrooms.

Binocular View

When calculating capacity, you have to look at both the educational programs and classroom square footage. My Facility Informer does just that. It calculates capacity based on several variables and outputs quantitative data that can be put into use immediately. Capacity will be calculated based on the school’s unique programs, as well as by analyzing the available square feet per student. In this way, you can see capacity through two lenses:

  • The number of students each school reasonably accommodates based on their programs.
  • The space teachers and students have to work with.

We’ll provide guidance and recommendations to help you prepare and implement the necessary capacity adjustments.

Introducing My Facility Informer

A modern way to approach assessing school facilities.

Visualizations of Capacity and Utilization

When it comes to calculating capacity, the devil’s in the details. We’ll provide a baseline for calculating your program and square-footage-based capacities. You’ll easily be able to recognize and interpret key factors that drive your capacity and utilization, ensuring locally relevant, equitable calculations for all schools in your district.

Different Ways We Can Help


Physical Tours

Our team can physically tour all your school sites and create an inventory of all facilities that identifies the current usage of the facilities and distinguishes between permanent and relocatable classrooms. We can also meet with school district staff to gain a solid understanding of how educational programs are delivered in each facility and determine any special considerations.

My Facility Informer

We can provide you with our My Facility Informer App and you can use the in-app tutorials and walk-throughs to analyze your capacity. You can decide what level of assistance you’d like from our experts.


CAD Drawings

We can review CAD drawings or other building outlines to produce capacity data.


Distributing Necessary Information

We’ll take the information you have and get you the information you need however you need to have it.

We Keep the End Goal in Mind

We keep on person in mind—the end user. We deliver district-level summaries and a high-level view of the district’s most pressing priorities. This gives your stakeholders the metrics required to make an informed decision on which schools are most in need.

Data that Speaks to All Stakeholders

After completing your educational adequacy assessment, our team provides transparent, easy to access, and understand data that speaks to all levels of stakeholders.

Including voting community members, the involved parent who may not understand construction trades, teachers and administrators who fully grasp their school’s priorities, and legislators and public officials. We package your facility data in ways all of these constituents can understand.

Facility Master Plan

If you need a capacity assessment as part of a greater master plan or capital plan you may also be interested in some of our other services

  • Enrollment and Demographics Studies
  • Facility Condition Assessments
  • Educational Adequacy Assessments
  • Capacity Assessments
  • Community Engagement
  • Funding Services
  • Project Management
  • Owner’s Representation

Navigating Your Education and Facilities Planning Journey is No Easy Task.

Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone!

From initial assessment and planning, to project funding, to full program management – we’ll help you create a unified strategy to stay on track, and we’ll be with you every step along the way.


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