Moorhead Area Public Schools adds 163 students for opening day enrollment
September 5, 2017
Moorhead Area Public Schools had 6,701 students in grades K-12 report for school Sept. 5, which continues the recent trend of high enrollment, said Superintendent Lynne Kovash.
This is 163 students more than last year’s opening enrollment. The number of students in the district will fluctuate over the next few weeks before stabilizing in October and November, according to historical trends.
Over the past four years the district has added more than 1,000 students. The most significant increase is in the elementary enrollment. Dorothy Dodds Elementary for grades K-4 and Horizon Middle School West Campus for grades 5-6 opened today for the 2017-18 school year.
“With 1,000 more students over the last four years, mostly in our elementary grades, this demonstrates the needs being addressed by the new schools that opened this fall,” Kovash said. “We appreciate the community support in helping us provide equitable facilities for our students.”
Grade 2 is the largest grade level with 613 students. Grade 5 is the second largest grade level with 550 students, and grade 3 is a close third with 546 students. At 462 students, grade 10 is the smallest grade level in the district.
“With our continued growth, it is important to look to the future,” Kovash said. “We will be undertaking a demographic study this fall to look at our growth patterns to make plans for the future.”
Enrollment at each of the four K-4 elementary schools is below 700 students. Last year the three grades 1-5 schools had more than 900 students each.
Horizon Middle School West Campus for grades 5-6 opened with 1,066 students, and Horizon Middle School East Campus for grades 7-8 opened with 985 students. Moorhead High School’s opening day enrollment is 1,794, which is up 22 students from last year’s opening enrollment.
In 2006 the district saw the reversal of an 11-year trend of enrollment decline. This was followed by four years of increases in enrollment after efforts by the district to build and remodel schools and enhance the quality of education. The district’s enrollment was projected to stabilize in 2010 with slight increases over the next few years. The district has been experiencing about 3.5 percent enrollment growth the past few years.