Enrollment levels at Wichita schools highest since 1975

09/25/2013 4:08 PM

03/02/2014 3:14 PM

Enrollment at Wichita schools this year has reached 51,169 students, up 530 from last year and the highest since 1975.

Enrollment has grown by more than 2,300 students over the past decade.

“We continue to see good, consistent growth,” Superintendent John Allison said Wednesday.

“I think that speaks very positively about how our community and our parents see our schools, about the quality of education their students can receive and about the choices they have as they look at education.”

The largest growth again this year is in the district’s elementary schools, with an increase of 328 students. Middle school enrollment is the highest since 2003, with a total of 10,267 students. High school enrollment is up as well, with the largest increase – 114 students – at South High.

Each year on Sept. 20, students statewide are counted for their school’s official enrollments. The number of students enrolled is used to determine the district’s per-students state funding for the school year – this year, $3,838 for every full-time student.

The National Center for Education Statistics predicts that school enrollment across the country will hit record levels every year through at least 2020, reflecting expected increases in the size of the school-age population.

Allison said the district has added and shifted teachers and support staff to schools with higher population increases to help manage class sizes.

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