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12/27/2017 12:29:00 PM
ETHS Has Highest Enrollment in 30 Years
By Kelley Elwood

The total enrollment for the 2017-2018 year is 3,567 students, the highest in 30 years. This number represents a 5% increase from last year, which boasted a record number as well at 3,393 students.

The enrollment data was included in the annual Opening School Report which was presented at the District 202 School Board meeting on Nov. 13. Carrie Levy, Director of the Department of Research, Evaluation & Assessment said the report presented numbers for as far back as could be found.

First-time freshmen enrollment is at its highest at 930 students, Dr. Levy told the Board. The number of White and Hispanic/Latino students continues to increase while the number of Black students has declined. The number of special education and the number of bilingual students have also hit all-time highs.

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

In 2017-18, the percentage of Black students enrolled at ETHS is 27.8%, compared to 29.8% last year. The percentage of Hispanic/Latino students has increased from 17.7% to 18.3% this year, the highest in ETHS history. The percentage of White students also increased to 45.3% from 44.1%.

Asian students represent 5.7% of the student body which is the highest in ETHS history. The proportion of students identified as two or more races remained relatively constant at 2.5%, compared to 2.4% in 2016-17.

The chart below illustrates the trends in enrollment for four student groups.

Enrollment by Department

All departments (career & technical education, fine arts, English/reading, mathematics, physical education and wellness, science, special education and world languages) except history/social sciences increased enrollment in 2017-18 according to the report.

The physical education and wellness department increased for the fifth year in a row, and the mathematics and science departments increased for the fourth year in a row. Enrollments in career & technical education, fine arts, and world languages increased for the third year in a row. The enrollments in all departments are higher than in 2013-14.

Enrollment in Special Education and Bilingual Program

The number reported for special education students attending private and public facilities is 86, which is a 62% decrease from 2013-14 (189). The number of students enrolled in the special education program remained about the same, increasing from 401 in 2016-2017 to 402 in 2017-2018.

 In 2017-18 there are 76 students enrolled in the bilingual program, which is more than twice the number of student enrolled in 2013-14 (30), says the report.

The Board thanked Dr. Levy for compiling the report. Superintendent Eric Witherspoon said of the increased enrollment numbers, “This is probably a new normal.”

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