Certified Enrollment Numbers Show District Growth of 484 Students

On January 30, the Iowa Department of Education released statewide student enrollment figures for 2013-14. Waukee Community School District (WCSD) continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state gaining 2,093 new students over the last five years. For the 2014-15 school year WCSD enrollment increased by 484 students bringing the certified enrollment for Waukee Schools to 8,773 students.

Waukee Schools is the 11th largest school district in the state of Iowa falling under Council Bluffs, West Des Moines and Ankeny. Des Moines is the largest school district in Iowa now serving 32,396 students.


Below is the Iowa Department of Education news release:
For the fourth year in a row, the overall number of students enrolled in Iowa’s public schools for the 2014-15 school year increased from the year before, according to the official certified enrollment report released today by the Iowa Department of Education.

This pattern follows 17 years of declining enrollment. However, the rate of growth is slowing and is expected to plateau in the years to come.

A total of 480,772 students in kindergarten through 12th grade enrolled in public schools during the 2014-15 school year, compared to 478,921 students in 2013-14 (an increase of about .4 percent).

The statewide enrollment increase is due in part to an upsurge in birth rates from 2003 to 2008. Birth rates spiked in 2007 but have decreased in recent years.

“We expect that statewide student enrollment will follow the same pattern in the next few years,” said Jay Pennington, chief of the Department’s Bureau of Information and Analysis.

Despite the statewide enrollment increase in 2014-15, a majority of the state’s 338 school districts (52 percent) had declining enrollment. The smallest districts faced the largest losses: Well over 60 percent of districts with fewer than 600 students saw enrollment decline in 2014-15 from the year before. Of those smallest districts, well over 70 percent experienced declining enrollment in the past five years, from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

However, a majority of larger districts with student populations of 1,000 or more posted enrollment gains in 2014-15 – with the larger the district classification, the larger the gain. Of the largest district classification (7,500 students or more), nearly 73 percent experienced enrollment increases. The increase is even more noteworthy when incorporating enrollment counts from the last five years: Nearly 82 percent of the largest districts experienced enrollment increases.

Iowa school districts that reported the largest increases or decreases in the percentage and/or number of students in the last year are:

One-Year Trend – Increase of Students – Percent*

School District 2013-2014 Enrollment 2014-2015 Enrollment Percentage Increase
Waukee 8,289 8,773 6%
Paton-Churdan 192 204 6%
Bondurant-Farrar 1,596 1,697 6%
Southeast Warren 562 588 5%
Rock Valley 675 712 5%

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

One-Year Trend – Increase of Students – Numbers*

School District 2013-2014 Enrollment 2014-2015 Enrollment Student Increase
Waukee 8,289 8,773 484
Ankeny 9,902 10,346 444
Johnston 6,409 6,617 208
Linn-Mar 6,943 7,145 202
Sioux City 14,132 14,332 200

* 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 2010-2011 Enrollment 2014-2015 Enrollment Percentage Increase
Waukee 6,680 8,773 31%
Bondurant-Farrar 1,339 1,697 27%
Dallas Center-Grimes 1,947 2,352 21%
Ankeny 8,652 10,346 20%
Seymour 230 272 18%

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

 

Five-Year Trend – Increase of Students – Numbers

School District 2010-2011 Enrollment 2014-2015 Enrollment Student Increase
Waukee 6,680 8,773 2,093
Ankeny 8,652 10,346 1,694
Des Moines 30,975 32,396 1,421
Iowa City 12,011 13,328 1,317
Pleasant Valley 3,784 4,386 602

 

Five-Year Trend – Decrease of Students – Percent

School District 2010-2011 Enrollment 2014-2015 Enrollment Percent Decrease
Ventura 270 180 -33%
Walnut 211 158 -25%
Corwith-Wesley 124 92 -25%
West Harrison 462 370 -20%
Northeast Hamilton 261 212 -19%

 

Five-Year Trend – Decrease of Students – Numbers

School District 2010-2011 Enrollment 2013-2014 Enrollment Student Decrease
Davenport 16,183 15,823 -360
Clinton 4,111 3,834 -277
Newton 3,102 2,954 -148
Glenwood 2,106 1,960 -146
Howard-Winneshiek 1,384 1,244 -140

2014-2015 Certified Enrollment Summary by District

Certified enrollment trends for each Iowa school district can be found here:

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