Enrollment numbers ( .PDF )
Enrollment in the Lawrence public schools is up by 214 students with increases at the virtual schools — often areas of growth — and at several elementary schools. But both high schools saw enrollment go down.
Thursday was the district’s official enrollment head-count day. A state-audited version of the numbers, likely not done until spring, determines the amount of funding each school gets, said Julie Boyle, communications director for the district. Base state aid is $3,838 per year, per pupil. That’s up from the previous rate of $3,780 per student, but down from the 2008-09 school year rate of $4,400.
According to the headcount, enrollment across all schools is 11,490. It was 11,276 last year. Lawrence High School had the biggest loss with 1,488 students compared with last year’s 1,525. (Free State High School went to 1,481 from 1,510, a 29-student loss.) The second-highest decrease was at Sunflower School, which went down 34 students to 457 total enrollment.
Lawrence Virtual School had the biggest increase — 76 students to 1,177 — and Lawrence Virtual High School had the second-biggest with an additional 55 students and 301 total. The third-biggest increase was 33 students, at Schwegler School, which had a total of 414.
The unofficial first-day-of-school attendance numbers put the district up by 198 students.