Pasco school enrollment continues to inch upward
Despite projections that Pasco school enrollment would decrease slightly this year, more and more students continued to show up for classes this week.
The district's fifth-day count of 63,303 K-12 children showed the schools with 434 more students than it had at the same time a year ago, and 575 students more than arrived on Monday. Middle schools were the biggest gainers, with 297 added students year over year, with charter schools next at 206 higher than a year earlier.
Of note, Wesley Chapel High surpassed 1,400 students, close to 100 above its projected enrollment. John Long Middle kept up its torrid growth, exceeding 1,600 students and growing past its anticipated student level along with Seven Springs Middle, which neared 1,400 students. Several elementary schools also reported trouble meeting class size requirements as their numbers rose.
District officials said enrollment tends to smooth out after the fifth day, but that they will wait until the 20th day of classes before making decisions on whether to reallocate teachers. What are you seeing in your schools?