Each year we take student counts on days 1, 2, 3, and 10 of the school year. We always compare these to previous years’ counts to see how our district is growing. Typically, we gain anywhere from 200-250 students each year. In three years time, thats a new school’s worth of increase. No wonder we have a hard time keeping up with capacity.
This year, however, we’re completely off the scale. We’re up nearly 420 students from this time last year. That’s a new school’s worth of students gained in just one year. In fact, three of our current schools have less than that number.
I haven’t looked at the student distribution by grade level to see if there is an age bubble. If these are distributed across all grades, it might not be as bad as it could be. Still, it’s much more growth than I was expecting.
I’d like to think we’re doing something right, and that these folks are just clamoring to get into our schools. Perhaps we are. Or, perhaps it’s just that USA Today named our football team number one in the nation.