Pasco enrollment down, by the numbers
The numbers for Pasco County's first 20-day enrollment count are "a bit lower than I was expecting," district planning director Chris Williams told district leaders in a memo this week. (Our story here.)
No trends were immediately visible, Williams said. But here's what he did see:
- Elementary Schools (KG – 5) – minus 487
- Middle Schools – minus 54
- High Schools – minus 42
- Alternative Schools – plus 23
- Charter Schools – plus 58
- All other Schools / Programs – plus 109
- Grand Total for KG – 12 = minus 393
Some other observations from the chart (attached below):
Oakstead Elementary remains the county's largest elementary school, with 1,018 students, even after boundary changes to accommodate the recent opening of Odessa Elementary. That honor used to belong to Wesley Chapel Elementary, which couldn't seem to shrink despite several new schools opening around it. Now, Wesley Chapel sits at 586, so there is hope.
John Long Middle is still the most populated middle school, with 1,541 students. That's an improvement of nearly 300 students over last year. But it's still over capacity, as is neighboring Wiregrass Ranch High, which was supposed to get down to about 1,900 students this year but ended the 20th day at 2,038. The next closest high school? Mitchell High at 1,780.
Officials are hopeful that Wiregrass Ranch will shrink further next year as seniors who were grandfathered in after rezoning graduate.
Home schooling, McKay scholarship participation and out-of-district transfers into Pasco also rose this year. Teacher transfers have begun based on the 20th day count. The official state count for purposes of determining class size compliance comes on the 40th day of classes. Stay tuned.