Certified Enrollment Numbers

On January 30, the Iowa Department of Education released statewide student enrollment figures for 2013-14. Waukee Community School District (WCSD) continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state gaining 2,093 new students over the last five years. For the 2014-15 school year WCSD enrollment increased by 484 students bringing the certified enrollment for Waukee Schools to 8,773 students.

Waukee Schools is the 11th largest school district in the state of Iowa falling under Council Bluffs, West Des Moines and Ankeny. Des Moines is the largest school district in Iowa now serving 32,396 students.

Iowa Department of Education News Release

For the fourth year in a row, the overall number of students enrolled in Iowa’s public schools for the 2014-15 school year increased from the year before, according to the official certified enrollment report released today by the Iowa Department of Education.

This pattern follows 17 years of declining enrollment. However, the rate of growth is slowing and is expected to plateau in the years to come.

A total of 480,772 students in kindergarten through 12th grade enrolled in public schools during the 2014-15 school year, compared to 478,921 students in 2013-14 (an increase of about .4 percent).

The statewide enrollment increase is due in part to an upsurge in birth rates from 2003 to 2008. Birth rates spiked in 2007 but have decreased in recent years.

“We expect that statewide student enrollment will follow the same pattern in the next few years,” said Jay Pennington, chief of the Department’s Bureau of Information and Analysis.

Despite the statewide enrollment increase in 2014-15, a majority of the state’s 338 school districts (52 percent) had declining enrollment. The smallest districts faced the largest losses: Well over 60 percent of districts with fewer than 600 students saw enrollment decline in 2014-15 from the year before. Of those smallest districts, well over 70 percent experienced declining enrollment in the past five years, from 2010-11 to 2014-15.

However, a majority of larger districts with student populations of 1,000 or more posted enrollment gains in 2014-15 – with the larger the district classification, the larger the gain. Of the largest district classification (7,500 students or more), nearly 73 percent experienced enrollment increases. The increase is even more noteworthy when incorporating enrollment counts from the last five years: Nearly 82 percent of the largest districts experienced enrollment increases.

Iowa school districts that reported the largest increases or decreases in the percentage and/or number of students in the last year are:

 

One-year Trend · Increase of Students · Percent*

School District2013-2014 Enrollment2014-2015 EnrollmentPercentage Increase
Waukee828987736%
Paton-Churdan1922046%
Bondurant-Farrar159616976%
Southeast Warren5625885%
Rock Valley6757125%

*Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

 

One-year Trend · Increase of Students · Numbers*

School District2013-2014 Enrollment2014-2015 EnrollmentStudent Increase
Waukee82898773484
Ankeny990210346444
Johnston64096617208
Linn-Mar69437145202
Sioux City14,13214,332200

*Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

 

Under state law, certified enrollment is used in the formula that determines state funding for public school districts. Certified enrollment is based on the number of students living in each school district. It also includes the “weighting,” or additional funding for students in certain programs, such as students who receive assistance in learning the English language.

The certified enrollment count is taken by districts on the first day of October each school year. Official numbers are confirmed by the Iowa Department of Education.

 

Iowa school districts that reported the largest increases or decreases in the percentage and/or number of students over the past five years are:

 

Five-Year Trend · Increase of Students · Percent*

School District2010-2011 Enrollment2014-2015 EnrollmentPercentage Increase
Waukee6680877331%
Bondurant-Farrar1339169727%
Dallas Center-Grimes1947235221%
Ankeny865210,34620%
Seymour23027218%

*Excludes reorganized districts and districts in whole-grade sharing agreements

 

Five-Year Trend · Increase of Students · Numbers*

School District2010-2011 Enrollment2014-2015 EnrollmentPercentage Increase
Waukee668087732093
Ankeny8652103461694
Des Moines30,97532,3961421
Iowa City12,00113,3281317
Pleasant Valley37844386602