Iowa’s student enrollment increases for eighth year
For the eighth year in a row, the number of students attending Iowa’s public schools increased. This follows a 17-year decrease in the number of public school students.
The state’s certified enrollment for the 2018-19 school year stands at 487,652, a 1,387-student increase from the year before.
Projections are indicating that the rate of increase is starting to level off, though it’s still on an upward trajectory.
Among the districts, 48 percent, or 158, experienced increased student populations, while 52 percent saw enrollments decline. One district had no change.
Most student declines occurred in rural districts, though six of the state’s 10 largest districts saw slight student decreases. While Davenport’s district saw an overall district enrollment decline of 1.2 percent, the rest of the districts came in at 1 percent or less: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Dubuque and Council Bluffs.
Conversely, many suburban schools saw growing student bodies, with Waukee topping the state with an increased enrollment of 598 students and Ankeny coming in at second with 428 more students.
Check out your school’s 2018-19 school enrollment.