ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County Public Schools are working to make sure students in elementary and middle schools won’t have to deal with overcrowding in high school.

A new specialized high school is in the planning phases for Albemarle County. Officials hope it can alleviate some of the problems that go hand-in-hand with overcrowding.

The new school could be similar in design to Albemarle Tech, with an open concept that allows students to focus on individual project-based programming. The High School Center would have a capacity of 600 students.

It is called a High School Center and it offers specialized projects-based programs, rather than typical classes.

Chief operations officer at ACPS Rosalyn Schmitt said fixing the overcrowding issue in schools will give students more time to focus on learning.

“When students are out in a mobile classroom, there’s lost instruction time every time they have to come in and out of the building,” Schmitt said. “It’s time that should be spent in a classroom and learning instead.

Schmitt said that although the center would help Albemarle and Western High Schools, which are already over capacity, students from any school in the county would be eligible to go to the High School Center.

The county is also accepting plans for more classrooms and a new gym at Scottsville Elementary School to deal with overcapacity there.