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District sees student enrollment increase for sixth consecutive school year
Denton Independent School District enrollment increased for the sixth consecutive year with 27,528 students attending classes on Monday, Aug. 22 - the district’s first official day of school.
Enrollment increased by 1,295 students, with the district projected to grow at 2.5 percent each year for the next five years. Denton ISD posted overall enrollment numbers of 13,501 elementary students and 14,011 secondary students for the first day of the 2016-17 school year.
Denton ISD’s continued growth led to opening of two new campuses this year - Braswell High School and Bell Elementary. Both were built as part of the 2013 bond package approved by district taxpayers.
The two new schools are both located in the Town of Little Elm, addressing the needs of families consistently moving into the easternmost portion of the district. Seven of the 10 fastest growing neighborhoods are located in eastern Denton ISD (along U.S. Hwy 380), with those areas accounting for almost 5,400 students or approximately 20 percent of the district’s student population.
“The secret has been getting out for some time now - our students and teachers are doing amazing things and families want to be a part of that,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of school. “There is always a level of excitement surrounding the first day of school and that was taken up another level by the families we welcomed at Braswell and Bell this morning.”
The student population increased at 14 of its 25 elementary and early childhood schools as well as five of its seven middle schools. Navo Middle School saw the largest increase in students at the middle school level with 227 additional students compared to the 2015-16 school year while Cross Oaks and Nelson elementary schools had the largest increases at the elementary level with 66 and 31 students each. Overall, the district's middle school enrollment increased by 289 students and elementary enrollment increased by 411.
As expected, Denton ISD’s first-day enrollment dropped at Denton and Ryan high schools due to the opening of Braswell while Guyer High School saw an increase of 87 students. Overall, the district's high school enrollment increased by 595 students from the previous year.
Traffic was steady but not overwhelming throughout the district, with minimal delays regarding students receiving bus transportation. School officials also reported no problems in operations, maintenance or technology on the first day.
“I want to commend our teachers and support staff for doing everything they could to make sure our students’ first day of school went as smoothly as possible,” Dr. Wilson said. “We’re going to continue that mindset throughout the school year.”