State Figures Show Waukee Student Enrollment Growth

Figures released by the Iowa Department of Education show Waukee leading the way in student enrollment percentage. While student enrollment is down for some school districts in Iowa, over the last five years the student enrollment for Waukee Community School District has increased 30 percent. The student enrollment for the 2011-12 school increased by 431 students compared to last school year.

The charts below are from the Department of Education’s press release announcing this year’s certified enrollment report. The full report can be found by clicking here:

One-Year Trend – Increase of Students – Percent*

School District 2010-2011 Enrollment 2011-2012 Enrollment Percentage Increase
Waukee 6,680 7,111 6%
Creston 1,319 1,399 6%
Gilbert 1,199 1,265 6%
Rock Valley 610 641 5%
Storm Lake 2,082 2,182 5%

* Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

One-Year Trend – Increase of Students – Numbers*

School District 2010-2011 Enrollment 2011-2012 Enrollment Student Increase
Des Moines 30,975 31,546 571
Iowa City 12,011 12,453 442
Waukee 6,680 7,111 431
Ankeny 8,652 8,964 312
Pleasant Valley 3,784 3,960 176

* Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

Under state law, certified enrollment is used in the formula that determines state funding for public school districts. Certified enrollment is based on the number of students living in each school district. It also includes the “weighting,” or additional funding for students in certain programs, such as students who receive assistance in learning the English language.

The certified enrollment count is taken by districts on the first day of October each school year. Official numbers are confirmed by the Iowa Department of Education.

Iowa school districts that reported the largest increases or decreases in the percentage and/or number of students over the past five years are:

Five-Year Trend – Increase of Students – Percent*

School District 2007-2008 Enrollment 2011-2012 Enrollment Percentage Increase
Waukee 5,488 7,111 30%
Bondurant-Farrar 1,167 1,391 19%
North Polk 1,109 1,298 17%
Ankeny 7,702 8,964 16%
College 3,945 4,508 14%

* Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

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