Snoqualmie Valley student enrollment climbs 2.5 percent
October 22, 2009
By Laura Geggel
Snoqualmie Valley School District’s student enrollment grew by 2.55 percent since last year to 5,669 students, according to student enrollment reports for October.
The increase is equivalent to 141 full-time students, and also means more money for the district, which receives an average of $5,000 from the state per student.
The student population actually dropped 11 students from September to October.
“It’s an anomaly, we’ve never seen this before,” Snoqualmie Valley School District business director Ron Ellis said.
The school district is continuing to monitor student numbers to better any unexpected ups or downs, he said.
Washington state pays its share of the school district’s budget for the first half of the year, based on the district’s estimates of its enrollment. For the second half of the school year, the state makes its own enrollment projections and pays the district accordingly. Any discrepancies between estimates and actual numbers are settled in June.
The growth in Snoqualmie Valley’s student population is taking place at all levels.
With a combined 1,629 students, Mount Si High School and Two Rivers School have grown the most with 76 more students.
Next on the list are elementary schools, which have grown 43 students to 2,725 total.
Middle schools grew the least, increasing by 22 students over last year to 1,314.
The 2.55 percent growth is the highest since 2006, when the Snoqualmie Valley student population grew 6.45 percent. In 2007, it increased 2.02 percent and in 2008, it increased 1.95 percent.
The number of home-schooled students in the district has stayed constant, increasing by one this year to 180.
Reporter Laura Geggel: 392-6434 ext. 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.snovalleystar.com.