Clearview Public Schools has released its final enrolment numbers for the 2014-15 school year, and administrators said they’re pleased with the results.
The division was anticipating a decline of three per cent, or 67 students, from last year’s total enrolment of 2,436 students.
Instead, the overall decline amounted to just 46 students, or 1.9 per cent, with a total actual enrolment of 2,390 students as of Sept. 30.
Superintendent Peter Barron said in a press release that Clearview staff and the communities they serve have worked together to identify students who will require additional help in their early years.
The division reported that its largest growth has been in its pre-kindergarten or “Early Learning” programs, which currently have a total of 41 students enrolled.
“The earlier we can provide supports for a student that needs additional help, the better their chances will be to achieve their full potential at the end of Grade 12 and beyond,” Barron was quoted.
The largest enrolment increase at the school level was at Castor’s Gus Wetter School with nine additional students this year, a four per cent increase. The school currently has requests for two modular classrooms under consideration from the provincial government.
Meanwhile, Big Valley School saw the greatest increase over projected enrolment with nine new students, a 13 per cent increase over the projection.
This growth is credited to the school’s pre-K and Kindergarten programming, and to the arrival of new families in the area.
All three schools in the Stettler complex saw decreases in enrolment from last year. Stettler Elementary School has 484 students, a decline of 10, while Stettler Middle School has 277 students, a decline of five.
William E. Hay Composite High School saw the largest decline in numbers with a loss of 32 students, bringing the school’s enrolment to 487, a shortfall of 6.2 per cent.
Several small schools, including Brownfield, Byemoor, Donalda and Erskine, saw slight increases over last year. An increase of three students at Byemoor (from 29 students to 32) represented a jump of 10.3 per cent over last year’s enrolment.
Big Valley and Botha recorded declines in enrolment; the latter saw a decline of eight students, or 13.3 per cent, from 60 students to 52.
Coronation School’s enrolment declined by nine students, from 312 students to 303. This was attributed to families moving out of the community.
In a press release, Clearview board chair Ken Checkel indicated his satisfaction with the enrolment numbers.
“With arriving families choosing Clearview Public Schools, our communities are supporting the strength public education has for student success,” he was quoted as saying in the press release.
The enrolment numbers provided as of Sept. 30 will be used by Alberta Education to determine funding for the coming year.