The number of students attending Evanston Townshp High Schol is the highest it has been since 2006-07, but the percentages of black and special education students have decreased, according to the Opening of School report presented to the School Board on Oct. 24.
Enrollment: 2,974 students are enrolled in the District, up from 2,890 last year. The last time it was higher was in 2006-07, when overall enrollment was 3041.
Ethnicity: 45 percent of the students are white, 30 percent are black, 16 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are Asian, and 4 percent are multi-racial. The percentage of Hispanic students is essentially the same as last year; the percentage of black students has decreased.
Grade Level: Total 9th-grade enrollment is 792, compared to 776 in 2010-11. 10th grade enrollment is 753, compared to 774, 11th grade enrollment is 732, compared to722 and 12th grade enrollment is 697, compared to 618 in 2008-2009.
According to the report, presented by Dr. Carrie Livingston, senior research associate, the 12th-grade increase is due to the larger cohort moving through the District who began as freshmen in 2006-07.
The administration is now reporting the number of reclassified students in each grade. “Reclassified” students are those who do not have enough credits to be promoted to the next grade and and who are retained as students in the grade for which they do have sufficient credits. School officials work with students and their families to help ensure that students can move ahead in a timely fashion.
A total of 61 ninth-graders, 72 sophomores, 62 juniors and four seniors were reclassified. Overall, the number of reclassified students decreased slightly compared to last year. Minority students make up 87 percent of the reclassified students, a number that is quite a bit higher than the overall minority representation of 55 percent in the District.
Gender: The school is 51 percent male, although the freshman class is 52.5 percent male and the senior class is 50 percent male.
Class Size: Class sizes range from a low of 18 in industrial technology class to a high of 28 in physical education class. Fine arts classes have an average of 21 students. Core academic subjects have an average of 21 students in English and world language classes, 22 in science and history/social science classes. Mathematics classes have an average of 24 students each.
Some departments have seen an increase in sections over the years; others have decreased.
“I am concerned about arts enrollment,” commented Board member Deborah Graham. “Electives compete with other departments.”
“The art department will have to get a handle on why students are not taking courses,” said Superintendent Eric Witherspoon. He said, “Sometimes these things go through cycles. There has been recruiting going on. … We do offer an abundance of electives.”
“A lot of it has to do with college requirements,” suggested student Board member Jesse Chatz. “Many colleges are requiring more foreign languages – not so much with arts.”
There was also an increase in science sections, something assistant superintendent/principal Oscar Hawthorne attributed to more students taking four years of science.
Special Education: 978 students on campus are classified as special education students, compared to 1,023 last year. The number of students attending programs off campus was unchanged.
Private/Parochial: The number of students residing in District 202 reported as attending private or parochial schools decreased this year to a total of 272, compared to 299 in 2010-11. The number of students going to Loyola Academy went from 159 to 145 and Regina Dominican decreased from 21 to 8. Other schools were unchanged, although Ida Crown, which had 56 in 2010, did not provide data.