Decline in public school enrollment in Southwest Minneapolis – Southwest Journal


Southwest Minneapolis Public Schools have lost more students than expected this year, with pre-K-12 enrollment down nearly 5% since June, according to Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).

In the spring, district officials projected enrollment would decline 2.3%, or 279 students, this fall at schools in southwest Minneapolis, in part due to the district’s Comprehensive Design Restructuring (CDD) plan. ) recently approved.

But enrollment in southwest Minneapolis has actually declined by 601 students, or 5%, since June. This includes a decrease of 236 students, or 23.8%, in Kindergarten enrollment and a decrease of 295 students in Grades 1-5 enrollment.

Data does not include charter or private schools.

In Linden Hills, kindergarten enrollment at Lower Lake Harriet School is down 57 students, or 39%, since June. That’s the biggest single-level drop in Minneapolis.

The school’s overall drop in enrollment of 81 students ranks behind Burroughs Community School in Lynnhurst and Armatage Montessori School in terms of the largest drops. Enrollment at Burroughs fell by 82 students and enrollment at Armatage fell by 112 students, although district officials predicted in the spring that enrollment at the school would fall by 60 students.

In the Twin Cities, enrollment fell beyond expectations in nearly every district, according to a survey by the Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD).

The MPS, for example, has 921 fewer students than expected, including 469 fewer kindergarten students. St. Paul Public Schools has 585 fewer students than expected and 198 fewer kindergarten students.

Scott Croonquist, executive director of AMSD, said a confluence of factors contributed to the disappointing enrollment numbers, such as families waiting a year to send a child to kindergarten and families seeking in-person instruction during the pandemic.


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