Red Deer Public’s upward enrolment trend continues into school year

Updated enrolment numbers show Red Deer Public School district show only a minor change from the first day of school, but class size remains a battle.

From the start of the school year, when the district said it had seen an increase of 250 students, enrolment has only marginally increased, growing by an additional 28 students.

“That bodes well for out district,” said Bev Manning, board chair. “There are districts across the province who are struggling to keep their students.”

As of November, the board’s enrolment was 10,902 students, up from 10,874 students in September.

More students means the need for more classrooms. Manning said their next capital project priority is either a kindergarten to Grade 8 school or a middle school in the south east part of Red Deer.

“We’re looking at Timberlands,” said Manning. “That’s our next priority. We do have some burgeoning enrolments at the middle school level. We’ll need it soon, but we’re doing alright.”

Timberlands welcomed Ecole Barrie Wilson School in 2014 and this year the public school board opened Ecole Don Campbell Elementary School in Inglewood.

Included in the enrolment update are statistics about average class across the district. Class sizes are larger than provincial targets for both kindergarten to Grade 3 and Grades 4 to 6. Classes from kindergarten to Grade 3 have an average of 20.1 students, above the 17 target set out by the province. Grades 4 to 6 has an average of 24.8 students per class, above the provincial target of 23.

It’s not until Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12 age brackets that class size is in line with provincial targets. For middle schools the average class size in Red Deer Public is 25, which is also the provincial target. For high school the average in Red Deer is 23.9, but the target is 27.

Manning said average class size don’t always give the full picture.

“We have large band classes that can be 60 or 70 kids at the high school level and those all have to be added in to the mix,” said Manning. “It doesn’t give you a fabulous picture.”



mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg in Edmonton for climate rally; counter-rally planned

EDMONTON — Albertans are planning to hit Edmonton’s streets today to support… Continue reading

Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media… Continue reading

Deep-sea explorers seek out sunken World War II ships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships… Continue reading

Fewer than 850 irregular border crossers deported, hundreds more in limbo

Multiple options for appeals, diplomatic difficulties and changing global conditions mean only… Continue reading

Rural crime tour hits Sylvan Lake

About 60 people showed up to voice concerns about state of crime and punishment in Alberta

Your community calendar

Wednesday Red Deer River Naturalists Flower Focus Group Meeting. When: Oct. 16… Continue reading

Meet the candidates running in Red Deer-Lacombe

Each of the candidates running in the Red Deer-Lacombe riding were invited… Continue reading

FIFA claims 82M TV audience for Women’s World Cup final

ZURICH — FIFA research says the Women’s World Cup final drew an… Continue reading

Basketball fans welcome former Raptor Kawhi Leonard back to Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Kawhi Leonard had a tough night on the court Thursday,… Continue reading

CBS signs Stephen Colbert to 3-year extension

NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert will be sticking around for four more… Continue reading

Country artists bring tears, prayers to CMT awards show

NASHVILLE — Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an… Continue reading

Kawhi back in Canada, NBA GMs think he’ll go back to finals

Kawhi Leonard was back in Canada, where last season he won a… Continue reading

Saskatchewan Roughriders aim to bring home energy on the road to B.C. Lions

VANCOUVER — The Saskatchewan Roughriders are hoping they can bring the spirit… Continue reading

Most Read