Pasco school enrollment grows, mostly in charters
As expected, Pasco County schools enrollment continued to rise, with the first day attendance logging in 795 students more than the first day a year ago. Last year, the first-day enrollment was 890 children higher than the year before that.
Most of the growth this year came in the county's charter schools. Three new ones opened this fall, and they accounted for 734 students of the increased numbers, district officials showed in their end of the day report.
Ultimately, the district expects to see its student count up by 925 full-time equivalents. The first day count almost always is lower than the official numbers, which usually rise and then level out after about two weeks of classes.
These first figures help to show officials where the children are coming. Among the notable specifics, John Long Middle School is up 100 students from a year ago, but had looked for only 52 more. Nearby Seven Oaks Elementary is up 88 kids, but projected growth of 12. Pine View Elementary, by contrast, was down 130 from a year ago, while New River Elementary was down 20 but expected an increase of 70.