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News Release - PreK-12 Student Enrollment Grows

Jan. 14, 2013

News Release

Statewide PreK-12 student enrollment grows for 23rd straight year

The Colorado Department of Education announced today the statewide PreK-12 pupil count for the 2012-2013 school year increased by 9,296 over the previous year, bringing the total to 863,561 public school students. This number represents the total number of students served.

The change represents an increase of 1.1 percent, slightly lower than the growth rate in the 2010-2011 school year, which was 1.3 percent. In 2008-2009, enrollment surged 2 percent, the largest increase in recent history.

The largest 15 districts and their current student enrollment are: Jeffco Public Schools (85,508 students), Denver Public Schools (83,377), Douglas County Schools (64,657), Cherry Creek Schools (53,368), Adams 12 Five Star Schools (43,268), Aurora Public Schools (39,835), Boulder Valley School District (30,041), St. Vrain Valley School District (29,382), Colorado Springs School District 11 (28,993), Poudre School District (27,909), Academy School District 20 (23,973), Mesa County Valley School District 51 (21,730), Greeley-Evans School District 6 (19,821), Pueblo City Schools (17,692) and Brighton School District 27J (16,163).

These 15 school districts represent 67.8 percent (585,717 students) of the total statewide enrollment.

On the other end of the size spectrum, 134 of Colorado’s 183 local education agencies have an enrollment of fewer than 2,000 students. These 134 agencies enrolled 8.1 percent of the total number of students in the state in 2012. Of these, 108 enrolled fewer than 1,000 students. These 108 local education agencies enrolled 4.1 percent of the total number of students in the state in 2012.

Race and Ethnicity Data

Among ethnic groups, students identified as two or more races increased by 8.3 percent from 26,073 students in 2011 to 28,238 students in 2012. Students identified as American Indian decreased by 6 percent from 7,143 students in 2011 to 6,716 students in 2012. All other race and ethnicity changes were less than 3 percent when compared to the prior year.

Fast-Growing Districts

Julesburg RE-1 School District saw the largest percentage increase, gaining 266 students (most of which were online students), representing a 30 percent increase from 2012-2013. The Charter School Institute continues to grow with an 11.9 percent increase in student population.

Denver Public Schools had the largest number of student gains by adding 2,487 students − a 3.1 percent increase for the district. Douglas County, St. Vrain Valley, and the Charter School Institute also had significant increases, each increasing more than 1,000 students as compared to the prior school year.

District Decreases

The largest decrease in total student population was in Colorado Springs School District 11 with a decrease of 516 students, representing 1.8 percent of the student population from the prior year. Pritchett went from 76 to 47 students representing a percent loss of 38.2 Karval went from 194 to 122 students representing a percent loss of 37.1.

Online Enrollment

The 2012-2013 enrollment totals include 16,638 students registered to online educational programs. That total is 1.9 percent of all students.

The current enrollment reflects a 2.6 percent increase from 2011-2012, when there were 16,221 students in online programs.

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