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K-12 Public School Enrollment Data Updated

February 12, 2004

(Des Moines, October 24, 2003) - Enrollment at Iowa's public schools this fall is 484,959 students, a decline of 2,062 or about .43 percent when compared to last year, according to preliminary records compiled by the Department of Education.

State education leaders expected the decline based on census data and enrollments that show outgoing 12th graders outnumber incoming kindergarten students.

Thirty-seven percent or 138 districts reported increases for a combined total of 3,847 students. Sixty-three percent, or 232, of Iowa's 370 districts experienced enrollment declines this fall. Their combined total loss was 5,909 students.

The largest enrollment gains this year compared to last were seen in Waukee (540 students), Ankeny (225), Johnston (225), Dubuque (199), and Southeast Polk (187). The largest losses were at Des Moines (319), Cedar Rapids (206), Davenport (193), Burlington (120), and Ames (107).

Preliminary 2003-2004 Iowa Public School District Certified Enrollment Highlights

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