Enrollment numbers rise again for Bainbridge Island School District

Enrollment numbers for the Bainbridge Island School District continue to climb, one month after the start of the school year.

The school board will get an enrollment update at its meeting later this week. Enrollment figures that were compiled Friday, Oct. 5, will give the school board plenty to smile about.

Last week's count revealed a headcount of 3,799 students in district classrooms, or the full-time equivalent of 3,643 students.

That's an increase of 12 FTE students over the Sept. 7 enrollment count.

But the new enrollment number is also well above the estimate used to build the budget for this school year — by 33 FTE students — which forecast 3,610 FTE students in classes.

The actual headcount is higher than the district's FTE numbers, given the students in kindergarten and other grades who are not in class all day. Last Friday's headcount in each school shows 3,799 total students in the district.

Most students in the school district are in the ninth through 12th grades.

Friday's numbers show a headcount of 1,352, or a full-time equivalent of 1,332 students, in the district's high schools. The current number of high-schoolers is just three students above the district's FTE budget estimate; fewer tenth-graders and seniors have enrolled this year than expected, but a gain of 18 FTE students in the ninth and 11th grades has pushed enrollment past the district's budget estimate.

Enrollment numbers from last week also show 1,158 FTE students in kindergarten through the fourth grade, and 1,152 FTE students in the fifth through eighth grades.

District officials report higher-than-expected increases in the second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh grades. Combined, those grades have another 35 students above the district's budget estimate.


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