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Student enrollment increases as Denton ISD begins new school year

The number of students attending Denton Independent School District schools increased for the fifth consecutive year, with 26,253 attending classes on Monday, Aug. 24, the first day of the 2015-16 school year.

Denton ISD enrollment increased by more than 200 students in comparison to last year’s first-day numbers and has increased by almost 2,300 students since the first day of school in 2011 – an average of 456 students per year. The district had 26,052 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on Aug. 25, 2014.

“Our numbers are right in line with our first-day projections and should only increase as the week moves on and more families are able to complete the enrollment process,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools.

Dr. Wilson personally visited 10 campuses on the first day and said he enjoyed interacting with families new to the district and students who were eager to get back to class. He said the first day of school is one of the best days of the year.

“Families are recognizing our district as a great place for students to get an education and our community as a great place to raise a family, so we anticipate the growth to be here for some time,” he added. “Seeing the smiles, hugs, high fives and other interactions between our teachers and students today was invigorating and serves as proof that we’re going to have a great year.”

Denton ISD’s highest area of growth continues to be in the eastern side of the district along U.S. Highway 380, with 107 new students in the area. The district’s elementary schools in the area accounted for 62 new students, with Navo Middle School seeing an increase of 45.

The largest enrollment increases in the district were at the secondary level, with Denton ISD adding 247 more students at its comprehensive high schools and 149 more students at its middle schools in comparison to last year.

Braswell High School, the district’s fourth comprehensive high school, is slated to open in the Fall of 2016, while Middle School No. 8 is set to open in the Fall of 2017. Both are being constructed in the eastern portion of the district to accommodate growth along U.S. 380.

“Our Citizens Bond Committee had the foresight to recommend our newest schools be built on the eastside of our district to relive those neighborhoods as they continue to grow,” Dr. Wilson said.

Enrollment at the high schools was 6,978 students, with freshmen accounting for more than 28 percent of that number. The district had 6,688 high school students enrolled on the first day last year.

Middle Schools accounted for 6,082 students, with sixth graders totaling 34 percent of the district’s enrollment. Denton ISD had 5,933 middle school students enrolled on the first day last year.