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News Release - Statewide preschool through 12th-grade student enrollment grows for 24th straight year

Jan. 14, 2014

Statewide preschool through 12th-grade student enrollment grows for 24th straight year

The Colorado Department of Education announced today that the statewide preschool through 12th-grade pupil count for the 2013-2014 school year increased by 13,438 over the previous year, bringing the total to 876,999 public school students. This number represents the total number of students served. 

The change represents an increase of 1.6 percent, slightly higher than the growth rate in the 2012-2013 school year, which was 1.1 percent. In 2008-2009, enrollment surged 2 percent, the largest increase in the past 10 years.

The largest 15 districts and their current student enrollments are: Denver Public Schools (86,043 students), Jeffco Public Schools (85,983), Douglas County Schools (66,230), Cherry Creek Schools (54,226), Adams 12 Five Star Schools (42,230), Aurora Public Schools (40,877), Boulder Valley School District (30,546), St. Vrain Valley School District (30,195), Poudre School District (28,439), Colorado Springs School District 11 (28,404), Academy School District 20 (24,481), Mesa County Valley School District 51 (21,894), Greeley-Evans School District 6 (20,450), Falcon 49 (18,880), and Pueblo City 60 (17,990).

These 15 school districts, with a total enrollment of 596,868, represent 68 percent of the total statewide enrollment.

On the other end of the size spectrum, 136 of Colorado’s 185 local education agencies (excluding detention centers) have an enrollment of fewer than 2,000 students. These 136 agencies currently enroll 7.9 percent of the total number of students in the state. Of these, 112 enroll fewer than 1,000 students. These 112 local education agencies enroll 4.2 percent of the total number of students in the state.

Race and Ethnicity Data

Among ethnic groups, students identified as two or more races increased by 8.5 percent from 28,238 students in 2012 to 30,625 students in 2013. Students identified as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander increased by 7 percent from 1,860 students in 2012 to 1,991 students in 2013. All other race and ethnicity changes are less than 3.5 percent when compared to the prior year.

Fast-Growing Districts

Of the districts with greater than 100 students, Falcon 49 School District has the largest number of student gains and largest percentage increase, gaining 3,402 students, representing a 22 percent increase from 2012-2013.  

Denver Public Schools has the second largest number of student gains adding 2,666 students, a 3.2 percent increase for the district. Douglas County and Aurora Public Schools also have significant increases, each increasing more than 1,000 students from the prior school year. 

District Decreases

The largest decrease in total student population is in the Charter School Institute with a decrease of 1,281 students from the previous year; a 10.9 percentage decrease.  Adams 12 Five Star Schools has the second largest decrease, from 43,268 to 42,230 students, a 2.4 percent decrease.

Online Enrollment 

The 2013-2014 enrollment totals include 16,215 students registered to online educational programs. This is 1.8 percent of all students. The current online enrollment reflects a 2.5 percent decrease from 2012-2013, when there were 16,638 students in online programs. 

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