District Enrollment Increases for Seventh Consecutive Year
Denton ISD welcomed 28,217 students to class on the school district’s official first day Wednesday, Aug. 16. The initial count is an increase of 689 students from the first day of school last year and marked the seventh consecutive year that the district has seen an increase in enrollment.
According to district demographers, Denton ISD is expected to grow at a rate of 3.2 percent during the 2017-18 school year – or a total 922 students – and surpass 30,000 students in 2018. The district could reach that number sooner, however, as the first day’s enrollment is already 75 percent of expected projection for the year.
The spike in this year’s growth came at the secondary level, with the district adding 662 secondary students. The first day enrollment numbers for elementary students was at 13,544.
“It’s exciting to serve 17 different communities that all value our students’ education. I think people see that commitment to excellence and move here to have their children be a part of Denton ISD and grow with these great communities that support public education,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools.
Denton ISD’s continued growth led to the opening of the new Dr. Rudy and Rosemary Rodriguez Middle School in the Town of Oak Point. It is the fourth school built as part of bond package approved by district taxpayers in 2013.
Families continue to flock to the easternmost portion of the district, the Braswell High School Zone, where the area accounts for 6,422 students or 23 percent of the district’s student population. Braswell High, which will feature its first graduating class this year, alone added 495 students on the first day.
Bell Elementary School, which opened in the Town of Little Elm one year ago, posted the largest elementary enrollment on the first day with 766 students. Harpool Middle School reported the largest middle school enrollment with 982 students, while Guyer High School, which is currently undergoing the construction of two additions and other renovations, posted the district’s largest high school enrollment with 2,478.
The change in school start times at the elementary and middle schools helped alleviate traffic flow at several schools, while a handful of students receiving bus transportation experienced delays in school pick-up and drop-offs as area traffic adjusted to the start of the school year. School officials also reported no problems in operations, maintenance or technology on the first day.
“The first day of school is always exciting for our students because many get to meet their first teacher, while others know they’re one step closer to that ultimate goal of earning their diploma,” Dr. Wilson said. “I want to thank all of our teachers and staff for all of the work they put in to ensure today went as smooth as possible for all of our families. I know we’ll continue with that type of preparation and support for the rest of the year.”