Clearview student enrolment reflects one per cent increase

As the new academic year 2016-2017 got underway last week, the Clearview Public Schools recorded a one per cent increase of...

As the new academic year 2016-2017 got underway last week, the Clearview Public Schools recorded a one per cent increase of student enrolment in the first week.

“We have 27 more students than what was projected during spring,” said Peter Neale, associate superintendent, Clearview Public Schools.

The current total enrolment in the first week was 2,362 students.

“We anticipate​d​ being consistent with last year’s enrolments,” shared superintendent Peter Barron. “Having higher enrolments is great news, as ​more students will mean our programming and student supports can increase further in our schools, additional students provide for more in-resources to ensure our students succeed.”

According to Neale, one of the largest increases observed was in the school division’s ​K​indergarten and Start Right program​s​, which is Pre-Kindergarten.

​In the ​s​pring​,​ ​Clearview ​project​ed​ 167 students based on last year’s enrolments. Clearview is ​now ​expecting 202 students for early learning, ​which represents an increase of 21 per cent.

The school division’s Start Right program is designed for all children aged three to five.

Students can also receive additional support ​before beginning ​K​indergarten.

“The community and division staff are working well together to support our Start Right program,” explained Barron. “The earlier we can bring students into Clearview, ​the sooner we can provide support in areas such as reading and math, in schools where children have fun while learning.”

The other significant increase in expected student enrolments is at Gus Wetter School in Castor.

“Gus Wetter School is 12 students higher for a total enrolment of 241 students this year,” added Neale. “Much of this increase was the result of parents enrolling students in the local community school after a school closed in Halkirk.”

Clearview Public Schools board chair Cheri Neitz also added, “We appreciate the fact that parents have chosen to enrol their children in our early learning programs and in the higher grades.”

Neitz expressed her gratitude to all the staff and said, “Thank you to our great teachers and committed support staff that dedicate their time and care to our students.”