Enrollment at Wichita public schools remains stable

WICHITA — Enrollment at Wichita schools remains above 50,000 — still among the highest enrollment in decades — according to head counts taken by schools this week.

The district's enrollment as of Monday is 50,033, down just a handful from last year's 50,042.

Wichita's eSchool had the largest enrollment growth in the district, with 117 more students than last year enrolled in the online program, district officials said today.

Among traditional district schools, North High School had the largest growth, with 91 more students than last year. The elementary school with the largest gain is Gammon Elementary, with 83 more students. Wilbur Middle School grew by 71 students.

Each year on Sept. 20, students statewide are counted for their schools' official enrollments. The number of students enrolled by Monday is used to determine the district's per-student state funding for the school year.

Superintendent John Allison said in a written statement that the enrollment number "demonstrates confidence the community has in the quality education and programs that our district offers."

Officials will work with the fastest-growing schools "to provide them with the additional teachers or support that they need," he added.

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