For the upcoming fiscal year, K12 enrollment shows a slight decline from projections, down by 62 students (1.4%). While this may seem marginal, it does impact funding for the current school year. The enrollment breakdown by grade reveals noteworthy figures, particularly in kindergarten, where hitting the targeted 330 students is seen as a success in fostering future growth.
Patricia Magnuson, the business director, emphasizes the significance of maintaining robust kindergarten enrollment, stating, "This is one of the larger classes that we've had in recent years, and it's really important as we get kids in at kindergarten that we maintain that enrollment here in St. Louis Park." The data reveals variances in enrollment across grades and schools, with kindergarten consistently meeting the target.
St. Louis Park stands out in its open enrollment landscape, gaining more students through the enrollment options program than losing. Open enrollment allows students to attend any public school of their choice, often necessitating self-transportation or opting for public charter schools.
Magnuson notes, "St. Louis Park continues to gain more students through the enrollment options program in the state of Minnesota." A comparison with neighboring districts places St. Louis Park in the mid-range, with approximately 18.65% of the student population open enrolled into the district.
Digging deeper into capture rates, the analysis shows that St. Louis Park captures 82.5% of resident families choosing public schools. While this figure has slightly declined over time, it remains competitive among neighboring districts.