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Iowa 2011-12 enrollment figures show slight decline

December 28, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES- 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 today 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

2010-11 Enrollment

2011-12 Enrollment

Percent 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

2010-11

Enrollment

2011-12

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

2007-08 Enrollment

2011-12 Enrollment

Percent Increase

WAUKEE

5,488

7,111

30%

BONDURANT-FARRAR

1,167

1,391

19%

NORTH POLK

1,109

1,298

17%

ANKENY

7,703

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

2007-08

Enrollment

2011-12

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

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

Five-Year Trend - Decrease of Students Percent*

School District

2007-08 Enrollment

2011-12 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%

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

Five-Year Trend - Decrease of Students Numbers*

School District

2007-08 Enrollment

2011-12 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

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

 
 

 

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