Enrollment down slightly in Pinellas County Schools
Enrollment in Pinellas County Schools is down slightly again this year, according to a 10-day count from the school district.
The public school system enrolled 101,348 in kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2013/14 school year. That's down 146 students over last year. Enrollment grew in some individual grades, while others declined. For instance, enrollment dropped in eight of 13 grades (counting kindergarten as a "grade.")
First grade and fourth grade were the only significant increases. Last year, kindergarten went up so it's perhaps not surprising that this year first grade would see a bump.
Pinellas County has been losing students from its public schools for more than a decade. Charter schools, however, have been growing every year. Pinellas had several new charters this year as well as expansions of high-performing charters.