State Adds about 5,900 Students
State adds about 5,900 students in 2016-17 school year
DENVER — The Colorado Department of Education announced today the statewide preschool through 12th-grade pupil count for the 2016-17 school year increased by 5,907 over the previous year, bringing the total enrollment to 905,019 public school students. This number represents the total number of students served.
This change represents an increase of 0.7 percent, lower than the 1.1 percent growth rate in the 2014-15 school year and lower than the median and mean (average) growth rate of 1.3 percent in the past 20 years. Student population growth is the smallest student increase since 2003 and smallest percentage increase since 1989. But Colorado has not seen a decrease in pupil enrollment since 1988.
The greatest percentage growth (7 percent) in race/ethnicity groups is in students classified as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. The pupil count for this group increased from 2,077 in 2015 to 2223 in 2016. The largest count change is in students identified as Hispanic and Latino; their count increased from 300,107 in 2015 to 303,573 in 2016, a 3,466 (1.2 percent) increase. Students identified as two or more races increased by 1,995 students, an increase of 5.8 percent over the number of students identified as two or more races in 2015.Fast-Growing Districts
Of the districts with greater than 100 students, the Charter School Institute had the largest number of student gains in 2016, adding 1,352 students, which is a 9 percent increase from 2015. Part of the reason the Charter School Institute saw a large increase in 2016 was the addition of four more schools since 2015. Denver Public Schools saw the second largest growth this year with an increase of 897 students, representing a 1 percent increase.
Las Animas School District had the largest percentage increase in 2016 with an increase of 120 percent or 642 more students. The majority of that increase is due to two new online schools opening in the district, including AIM Global that had 533 students enrolled for the student October count.
There were 20 school districts that saw an increase of 100 students or more in the 2016-17 school year. Seventeen school districts saw an increase in their student population of 5 percent or more, which is down from 35 districts with a 5 percent or greater increase in the 2015-16 school year.