Index: Education / Subcategory: K-12

Enrollment - Public Schools

Date updated: 01/28/2013

A public school is an elementary or secondary school supported by public funds which provides free education for children of a community or district. Pre-kindergarten (PK) is not a mandated educational program in Colorado, nor is it fully funded by the state. However, PK programs are funded in part through the Colorado Preschool Program, Early Childhood Special Education, and limited Title I funds. The school districts may charge a fee for full-time kindergarten classes, as the state only pays for half-time instruction.

NOTE: Total enrollment counts vary on the different pages presented on the COMPASS of Larimer County website because they are taken at different times throughout the school year. For example, the counts represented on this page, are based on enrollment numbers as of the first week in October each year.

What this chart shows: Public School Enrollment, Larimer County, 2003-04 to 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

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What the above data tell us:

Poudre School District enrollment increased the most (12.1%) over the ten years shown above, followed by Thompson School District (6.8%). Park School District lost 16.3% (222 students) of its student body over this same time period.

Overall, school enrollment in the County increased 9.2% from 2003-04 to 2012-13, whereas, according to Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), the county's population grew by an estimated 15.6% over the last decade.

What this chart shows: Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Enrollment - Poudre School District, 2009-10 to 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

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What the above data tell us:

Beginning with the 2009-10 school year, Poudre School District moved 9th grade to the high school level and created middle schools of 6-8th grades and elementary schools of K-5th grades. All three Larimer County school districts now consist of the same configuration.

Pre-kindergarten (PK) classes in Poudre School District decreased 6.5% over the last four years compared to a 9.4% increase in elementary (grades 1-5) students. High School enrollment fluctuated the least during this time period.

What this chart shows: Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Enrollment - Thompson School District, 2009-10 to 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

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What the above data tell us:

Thompson School District saw more variation in enrollment by grade levels than Poudre School District between 2009-10 and 2012-13. Pre-K (26.2%), kindergarten (10.6%), elementary (5.5%) and middle school (10.9%) grades saw increases in enrollment during the last four years. Only high school (-1.6%) saw a decline in enrollment during this time period.

What this chart shows: Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Enrollment - Park School District, 2009-10 to 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

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What the above data tell us:

Only the elementary grades in Estes Park (0.5%) saw increases in enrollment during the last four years. Pre-K (-3.6%), kindergarten (-32.0%), middle school (-8.4%) and high school (-7.3%) grades saw declines in enrollment during the last four years.

According to school officials, public school enrollment varies widely due to the large migrant populations living in Estes Park, as well as families forced to leave because of limited housing and employment opportunities.

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Data Tables:

Public School Enrollment - Larimer County School Districts

Park

Poudre

Thompson

Countywide

Enrollment

% Change

Enrollment

% Change

Enrollment

% Change

Enrollment

% Change

2003-04

1,361 -3.5% 24,891 1.4% 15,027 0.4% 41,279 0.9%

2004-05

1,260 -7.4% 25,000 0.4% 15,030 0.0% 41,290 0.0%

2005-06

1,265 0.4% 25,216 0.9% 15,108 0.5% 41,589 0.7%

2006-07

1,272 0.6% 25,430 0.8% 15,310 1.3% 42,012 1.0%

2007-08

1,206 -5.2% 25,610

0.7%

15,305 0.0% 42,121 0.3%

2008-09

1,186 -1.7% 25,960 1.4% 15,332 0.2% 42,478 0.8%

2009-10

1,210 2.0% 26,520 2.2% 15,225 -0.7% 42,955 1.1%

2010-11

1,159 -4.2% 26,923 1.5% 15,310 0.6% 43,392 1.0%

2011-12

1,175 1.4% 27,510 2.2% 15,655 2.3% 44,340 2.2%

2012-13

1,139 -3.1% 27,909 1.6% 16,042 2.5% 45,090 1.7%

Negative % Change = decrease in enrollment from the previous year

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Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Enrollment - Poudre School District

 

PK

Kindergarten

Elementary

Junior HS

High School

2009-10

843

2,071

9,643

5,842

8,121

2010-11

749

2,023

10,116

5,854

8,181

2011-12

750

2,169

10,310

6,036

8,245

2012-13

788

2,134

10,549

6,229

8,209

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Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Enrollment - Thompson School District

 

PK

Kindergarten

Elementary

Middle HS

High School

2009-10

446

1,099

5,602

3,244

4,834

2010-11

463

1,112

5,648

3,300

4,787

2011-12

512

1,183

5,741

3,448

4,771

2012-13

563

1,216

5,908

3,597

4,758

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Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade Enrollment - Park School District

 

PK

Kindergarten

Elementary

Middle HS

High School

2009-10

28

97

414

285

386

2010-11

33

81

419

248

378

2011-12

31

91

416

253

384

2012-13

27

66

427

261

358

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