60,000 by 2020? Seattle Public Schools out with enrollment projections; we break out West Seattle, school-by-schoolMay 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 16 Comments
Seattle Public Schools is out with enrollment projections for next school year, and the district continues to grow, one reason they’re adding facilities including the expanded Fairmount Park Elementary (above), closed in 2007, reopening this fall. The district expects 52,400 students this fall, 1,300 more than the current school year, and says:
This continues the five-year trend of enrollment growth that began in 2009, after a decade of declining enrollment. During the last five years, enrollment grew by more than 5,000 students – from 46,000 in 2009 to 51,000 this year. Next year’s expected enrollment growth of 1,300 students means the district will be serving 6,400 more students next year than in 2009.
Here’s a chart of district-wide enrollment over the past decade:
The district says a continuation of this trend could mean enrollment past 60,000 by the year 2020.
Meantime, here are West Seattle’s school-by-school enrollment projections for next year, taken from this district-wide list:
Alki Elementary – 390
Arbor Heights Elementary – 341
Chief Sealth International HS – 1,235
Concord International Elementary – 420
Denny International MS – 948
Fairmount Park Elementary – 290
Gatewood Elementary – 429
Highland Park Elementary – 396
K-5 STEM – 361
Lafayette Elementary – 546
Madison MS - 799
Pathfinder K-8 – 486
Roxhill Elementary – 372
Sanislo Elementary – 275
Schmitz Park Elementary – 608
West Seattle Elementary – 443
West Seattle HS – 1,008
(We’ll add a comparison to this year, once we’ve verified with the district that we’re looking at the most recent set of 2013-2014 numbers. So far the most notable change appears to be a drop of ~70 students for Gatewood, but keep in mind, Fairmount Park will be brand new and many of those students are coming from somewhere else.)
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