Enrollment holds steady at Oklahoma City Public Schools

School officials say district is on track to meet or break 2011's numbers, the highest in 30 years.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: August 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm •  Published: August 8, 2012
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Student enrollment at the state's largest school district this year is so far on track to meet district expectations.

Oklahoma City Public Schools recorded 36,740 enrolled students after the first full week of school, compared with 36,793 the same time last year, district spokesman Tierney Tinnin said. An additional 2,021 charter school students are now in classes, for a combined total of 38,761 students.

Typically, enrollment numbers don't stabilize until October, Tinnin said.

Last year, the district reported 38,442 enrolled students in October, not including charter schools. That was the single largest enrollment at the district since enrollment peaked in the 1970s, she said.

This year, she said, the district is aiming for 39,037, and “the current enrollment is on trend and meets expectations.”

Enrollment at the school's new career academies also is meeting expectations, Tinnin said.

New to the district this year, the academies are six industry-focused curriculum programs hosted at five district high schools. Tinnin said current enrollment numbers at the academies also will fluctuate because of movement between schools and because students continue to enroll.

Current enrollment figures at the academies are:

• Capitol Hill Academy of Engineering: 55

• John Marshall Academy of Finance: 37

• Oklahoma Centennial Academy of Information Technology: 46

• Northeast Academy of Engineering: 64

• Northeast Academy of Health Sciences: 85

• Star Spencer Academy of Hospitality and Tourism: 30

The total number of students enrolled in the academies is 317.


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