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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – More than 86 percent of school-aged children who live in Independent School District 196 are attending District 196 schools this year, according to student enrollment and census data maintained by the district.

There were 32,840 students in kindergarten through grade 12 living in District 196 when the district’s official enrollment report was calculated in October. Of those children, 28,394 are attending District 196 schools this year, giving the district an 86.5 percent “capture rate” among resident students. Anything over 80 percent is considered high for school districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, according to former state demographer Hazel Reinhardt of Hazel Reinhardt Consulting. She says capture rate is a reflection on the quality of local public schools, as well as the presence of charter schools, nonpublic schools and other educational alternatives in the area.

Of the 14 percent of school-aged children who live in District 196 but do not attend District 196 schools, approximately 7 percent are homeschooled or attend a traditional nonpublic school and the other 7 percent attend charter schools or public schools in another district. Students who open enroll into the district are not included when calculating capture rate.

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