An increasing trend in the Kamloops-Thompson school district

Enrolment growth continues to be the trend in School District 73.

The Kamloops-Thompson school district is projecting an increase of 237 students over last year’s projections at area schools come September 2019.

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For 2018-2019 the projected enrolment was about 14,360 full-time students at schools in SD73, with 14,598 expected in 2019-2020.

The projections are based on moving the number of students between kindergarten and Grade 11 up a grade, but the estimated projections don’t consider in-migration or out-migration leading up to the start of classes in the fall.

New kindergarten students are the x-factor in determining the projection.

The number of early registrants for kindergarten collected by the district in February was 846, but SD73 is predicting kindergarten enrolment to be 1,105 based on its data analysis program that takes into account information such as past birth rates.

SD73 superintendent Rob Schoen said the program has been 99 per cent accurate over the last 18 years.

The actual enrolment numbers across SD73 for 2018 is listed in the long range facilities plan at 14,487 — 12,664 at Kamloops schools and 1,823 at rural schools.

Assistant superintendent Bill Hamblett said growth is seen more so in kindergarten to Grade 7 rather than the high school grades.

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