KPS enrollment has grown by 20% since Promise was announced

Posted on October 11, 2010. Filed under: enrollment, Kalamazoo Promise, Uncategorized |

The September 29, 2010 headcount data from Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) shows that the upward trajectory in enrollment growth has continued for a fifth year. The preliminary headcount numbers show 12,409 students currently enrolled in KPS — a 3% increase over last year. Since the Kalamazoo Promise was announced in November 2005, enrollment in KPS has increased by more than 20 percent, from 10,187 in the 2004-05 academic year to 12,275 (estimated) this year (these are the blended FTE headcount numbers on which the state bases its funding). This is an extraordinary increase by any measure.

-The post-Promise increase reversed more than a decade of year-to-year declines in enrollment.

– KPS is one of only a handful of school districts in Southwest Michigan (and the only sizable one) to have experienced any enrollment growth this year. Public school enrollment was flat for the region as a whole.

– Comparable districts in the state continue to decline in enrollment — for example, Battle Creek Public Schools’ enrollment fell by over 7 percent, while Grand Rapids Public Schools and Detroit Public Schools took comfort from enrollment declines that were smaller than expected (this is what counts for good news in Michigan).

The enrollment numbers suggest that the Kalamazoo Promise and the very real process of school improvement that it helped to catalyze has made the district “stickier,” giving families a reason to come — and stay.

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