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2011-12 enrollment figures show slight decline

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The number of students who enrolled in Iowa's public schools for the 2011-12 school year decreased slightly from the year before, according to the official certified enrollment report released by the Iowa Department of Education.

A total of 473,213 students in kindergarten through 12th grade enrolled in public schools statewide. That represents a decrease of 0.06 percent, or 280 students, from the 2010-11 school year.

This is the 14th consecutive year that enrollment has declined in Iowa's public schools. Enrollment peaked in the 1972-73 school year, with 645,000 students.

Of Iowa's 351 school districts, 218 (62 percent) reported an enrollment decrease in the 2011-12 school year, while 129 districts (37 percent) reported an increase. Four Iowa districts reported no change from the 2010-11 school year.

Des Moines, Iowa City and Waukee reported the largest one-year number increases, while Waukee, Creston and Gilbert reported the largest one-year percentage increases (see charts below).

One-Year Trend - Increase of Students - Percent*
School District 2010-2011 Enrollment 2011-2012 Enrollment Percentage Increase
Waukee 6,680 7,111 6%
Creston 1,319 1,399 6%
Gilbert 1,199 1,265 6%
Rock Valley 610 641 5%
Storm Lake 2,082 2,182 5%

* Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

 

One-Year Trend - Increase of Students - Numbers*
School District 2010-2011 Enrollment 2011-2012 Enrollment Student Increase
Des Moines 30,975 31,546 571
Iowa City 12,011 12,453 442
Waukee 6,680 7,111 431
Ankeny 8,652 8,964 312
Pleasant Valley 3,784 3,960 176

* Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

 

Under state law, certified enrollment is used in the formula that determines state funding for public school districts. Certified enrollment is based on the number of students living in each school district. It also includes the "weighting," or additional funding for students in certain programs, such as students who receive assistance in learning the English language.

The certified enrollment count is taken by districts on the first day of October each school year. Official numbers are confirmed by the Iowa Department of Education.

Iowa school districts that reported the largest increases or decreases in the percentage and/or number of students over the past five years are:

Five-Year Trend - Increase of Students - Percent*
School District 2007-2008 Enrollment 2011-2012 Enrollment Percentage Increase
Waukee 5,488 7,111 30%
Bondurant-Farrar 1,167 1,391 19%
North Polk 1,109 1,298 17%
Ankeny 7,702 8,964 16%
College 3,945 4,508 14%

* Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

 

Five-Year Trend - Increase of Students - Numbers
School District 2007-2008 Enrollment 2011-2012 Enrollment Student Increase
Waukee 5,488 7,111 1,623
Ankeny 7,703 8,964 1,261
Iowa City 11,718 12,453 735
College 3,945 4,508 563
Johnston 5,637 6,148 511

 

Five-Year Trend - Decrease of Students - Percent
School District 2007-2008 Enrollment 2011-2012 Enrollment Percent Decrease
Corwith-Wesley 155 113 -27%
Stratford 226 165 -27%
Melcher-Dallas 390 295 -24%
Exira 305 233 -24%
Tri-County 350 268 -23%

 

Five-Year Trend - Decrease of Students - Numbers
School District 2007-2008 Enrollment 2011-2012 Enrollment Student Decrease
Cedar Rapids 17,746 16,778 -968
Fort Dodge 3,983 3,656 -327
Keokuk 2,295 1,973 -322
Newton 3,327 3,036 -291
Council Bluffs 9,297 9,033 -264

 

Read the full 2011-2012 certified report here.

View certified enrollment trends for each Iowa school district: Certified Enrollment Trends - 2007, 2010, 2011

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 16, 2014 at 6:56pm.