EDMOND — Local school officials were expecting a leap in enrollment and certainly got it with almost 800 more students enrolled in the Edmond district compared to when school recessed in May.
The figures, although still preliminary, were released by the district last week and reflect the largest single year increase on record. The 787 more students this year is up from 712 additional students reported on Oct. 1 of last year.
The district, which began class Tuesday, educates 23,213 students. That is roughly 3.5 percent more than last year's enrollment of 22,426.
Growth has been a constant for Edmond Schools in the past 25 years.
“The growth is very exciting but has presented challenges for our district,” Superintendent David Goin said. “As we look to the future, we will need to build new schools and expand existing schools in order to accommodate the growth.”
This month, Frontier Elementary, the 16th elementary school in the district, opened in west Edmond. A sixth middle school, near Frontier Elementary, is scheduled to be ready in 2015.
Twenty years ago, the district had 14,536 students. Goin said that since the 2009-2010 school year, the district has added about 500 to 600 students annually.
“I believe contributing factors to the increase in student enrollment include the turnaround in the economy, quality neighborhoods in Edmond and north Oklahoma City and the continued desire of parents and guardians to seek out an academic challenging environment for their children,” Goin said.