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Highland School District enrollment falls, but only slightly

Krista Mehrtens instructs her third-grade class at Highland Elementary on the use of new Chromebooks. Highland Elementary added 180 Chromebooks this year for classroom use.
Krista Mehrtens instructs her third-grade class at Highland Elementary on the use of new Chromebooks. Highland Elementary added 180 Chromebooks this year for classroom use. Courtesy photo

The Highland School District saw another drop in enrollment this year, though only a slight one.

Last year, the district’s enrollment numbers fell 4 percent over the previous year. Six-day enrollment figures for the 2016-2017 year show a decrease of less than 1 percent from the 2015-2016 year in students for which the district receives state aid.

“In general, HHS is where we lost the most students,” said Superintendent Mike Sutton. “We graduated the class of 256 last year and added a class of 212 freshman. Overall, we look to be down approximately 20 students, depending on how you compare the numbers, total verses reimbursable.”

Every district is required to report six-day enrollment numbers to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The six-day enrollment number is used to help determine how much general state aid money each school district will receive.

A total of 2,874 students, including preschool students, were enrolled in the district as of the sixth day of school this year. That is actually only three less students than last year, but that number includes 62 non-reimbursable students. (The state does not reimburse funding for preschool students). There were only 42 such students last year. Reimbursable student enrollment (K-12) fell from 2,835 to 2,812.

Enrollment by school

According to the sixth-day enrollment numbers released by the district, there were:

▪ Alhambra Primary has 140 students (pre-K to third grade) this year. There were 159 students enrolled at Alhambra Primary last year, which was an increase of eight students from 2014-2015.

▪ Grantfork Elementary has 69 students (grades 4-5) this year. There were 50 students enrolled at Grantfork Elementary last year. There were 66 students enrolled in 2014-2015.

▪ Highland Primary has 557 students (early childhood-grade 2) this year. There were 534 students enrolled at Highland Primary last year. There were 581 students enrolled in 2014-2015.

▪ Highland Elementary has 519 students (grades 3-5) this year. There were 545 students enrolled at Highland Elementary a year ago. That was up four students from 2014-2015.

▪ Highland Middle School has 660 students (grades 6-8) this year. There were 638 students enrolled at Highland Middle School last year. There were 667 students enrolled in 2014-2015.

▪ Highland High School has 910 students (grades 9-12) this year. There were 968 students enrolled at Highland High School last year. There were 997 students enrolled in 2014-2015.

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