Duval County Public Schools has increased enrollment by 1.5 percent over last school year, with a current student population of 125,822 (up from approximately 123,000).
The district receives $6,269 in state funding for each student, so, while the increase is small, it nonetheless accounts for over $17 million.
Fall budgets are built upon a count of all students taken throughout the district at each school during the first seven days of classes.
According to this year’s data, Sandalwood High School remains the district’s largest school, with 3,102 students. Mandarin High School is the next largest, with 2,844 student.
As was recently brought to light in the yearlong study conducted by Education Resource Strategies, 51 elementary schools had enrollments of fewer than 500 students, with 17 having less than 350. Enrollment of fewer than 200 students is common among the district’s charter and special-focus schools. John Love Elementary is the smallest “traditional” school with 177 students.
Westview K-8 showed the most growth at 18 percent while A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology had the largest drop at 25 percent.
Raines High School increased its enrollment, but the remainder of the district’s low performing “intervene” schools saw drops. These include Ribault and Andrew Jackson High Schools and North Shore Elementary.
While there was an overall increase in enrollment, there were nonetheless 4,333 students who left the district to be home schooled. That’s almost an 8 percent increase over 2010.
Duval County is the 15th largest school district in the nation and 6th largest in Florida.