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Enrollment in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools is up 391 students over last year, according to the official enrollment report presented at the Oct. 10 School Board meeting.

The October enrollment report is submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education each year to determine funding the district will receive from the state. The 2016 report, presented by Student Information Supervisor Kim Reis, shows there were 28,182 total students enrolled on Oct. 3 this year compared to 27,791 last year, an increase of 1.4 percent for the second year in a row.

This is the fourth consecutive year of rising enrollment in the district after nearly a decade of slight enrollment declines each year. District 196 is the fourth largest public school district in Minnesota, behind Anoka-Hennepin, St. Paul and Minneapolis. The district’s enrollment last peaked in the 2003-04 school year at 28,572 students, 390 more than this year’s total.

The district’s largest class this year is grade 10, with 2,166 students, and the smallest is kindergarten, with 1,944 students. The breakdown by level shows that on Oct. 3, 2016, the district had …

  • 12,172 elementary school students (grades K-5), an increase of 217 students from last year;
  • 6,296 middle school students (grades 6-8), an increase of 256;
  • 8,386 high school students (grades 9-12), a decrease of 92;
  • 842 students in center-based special education programs, an increase of 29, and
  • 486 students in early childhood special education, a decrease of 19 students from last year.

Students of color now represent 34.2 percent of total enrollment, up 1.4 percent from last year. Students who qualify to receive free or reduced-price school meals make up 24.8 percent of this year’s enrollment, about the same as last year and more than double what it was 10 years ago. Students receiving special education services represent 14.1 percent of total enrollment, about the same as last year and down 1.6 percent from a decade ago. Students who qualify to receive English Learner (EL) services represent 6.2 percent of total enrollment, the same as last year and up 1.7 percent over 10 years ago.

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