Red Deer area school divisions saw a slight increase in students for the 2023-24 school year.
Student enrolment at Red Deer Public Schools was up 2.4 per cent from last year with 11,424 students registered in the division. That’s an increase of 270 students from last school year.
“The increase in enrolment in Red Deer Public is welcomed news,” said superintendent Chad Erickson.
“We are proud to welcome all, and to see more families choosing our schools as part of their child’s education journey. We remain dedicated to nurturing each student’s passions, and aspirations while continuing to provide excellence in teaching and learning in every classroom.”
Student enrolment increases were seen across elementary (55) and middle (110) and high (160) school levels throughout the division, with the biggest school increases at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School (62), Eastview Middle School (43) and Central Middle School (39).
Red Deer Public also welcomed 101 tuition-paying international students this fall, with 30 international students expected to arrive in the New Year. This year, the top countries students are from include Brazil, Belgium, Spain and Germany.
Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools saw a three per cent increase in overall enrolment from the previous year that included an almost 10 per cent jump in students who are home schooled. The division now has 959 students learning from home, up from 872.
Statistics also showed Catholic high school enrolment climbed 5 per cent to 2,352 students, and middle schools saw a 2.5 per cent increase to reach 6,554 students. Kindergarten enrolment dropped by 4.5 per cent to 858 students.
Overall, the Catholic school division has 325 more students with 10,723 enrolled for the 2023-24 school year, up from 10,398 in 2022-23.