Enrollment in Elmbrook schools declined again this year, but the drop is less than half as much as anticipated. The school district has reported a preliminary Third Friday enrollment total of 6,974 pupils, 101 more than anticipated, but still 50 less than the 7,024 pupils on the Third Friday count during the 2012-13 school year.
School districts statewide make their official enrollment count on the third Friday of September.
Chris Thompson, Elmbrook's chief information officer, said there were 33 more kindergartners than anticipated, with the remaining 68 pupils above anticipations scattered through grades one to 12.
"The increase is due to larger-than-anticipated resident enrollment," he said.
Thompson said the higher-than-anticipated enrollment "will have a nominal impact on our annual budget."
According to Thompson, enrollment in Elmbrook schools has been dropping for the past decade, and is projected to bottom out in two years.
Was the higher-than-expected enrollment due to more families with children living in the district, or more families already here choosing Elmbrook schools? Thompson declined to speculate, saying any explanation would wait until the district's annual enrollment analysis.
"We are pleased with the positive enrollment number and look forward to our annual enrollment analysis later this fall," he said in an email. "We are hopeful the positive number is a sign that more students and their families are choosing Elmbrook because of our outstanding student achievement, wide variety of opportunities and programs, and outstanding faculty and staff."
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