School District 65 has 280 fewer students in grades K-8 (excluding Rice and Park schools) than last year, according to data provided by Sarita Smith, Manager of Student Assignment, as part of a lengthy memo presented to the District’s policy committee on Oct. 10.
For purposes of preparing the budget for this school year, 2022-23, the District assumed that enrollment would decline by 58 students, so the actual decline was 222 more than projected.
Ms. Smith did not orally present the enrollment data at the meeting, and members of the policy committee did not ask her any questions about the data or comment on the most recent decline in enrollment.
In the last four years, District 65’s K-8 student enrollment has declined from 7,422 students in the 2018-19 school year to 6,113 students for this school year, 2022-23, or by 1,309 students.
The chart below shows the trend.
The table below breaks down student enrollment data by school. It shows the total number of students who were or are now enrolled in each of the District’s schools for the school years indicated (excluding Rice and Park Schools). The data is taken from the District’s Opening School Reports for 2019, 2020 and 2021, and Ms. Smith’s recent memo for 2022.
The chart below illustrates the trends in enrollment at each school.
The biggest decline in enrollment was at King Arts, where enrollment dropped by 171 students in the last three years. Enrollment at King Arts is controlled to some degree by administrators.
Schools in the north end of Evanston had some of the major declines in enrollment in the last three years: Haven Middle School’s enrollment declined by 162 students; Willard School’s by 122 students; and Orrington School’s by 125 students.
Other schools where enrollment declined by more than 100 students in the last three years were Dewey, where enrollment declined by 112 students; Lincoln, by 104 students; Chute by 104 students; and Nichols by 102 students.
Ms. Smith’s memo said that 127 students transferred to District 65 from private schools and 111 from the Chicago Public School System. There are 90 new McKinney Vento students, who are viewed as homeless.