Enrollment for Shawnee Mission schools across the district held steady in the official 2013 count, actually rising by seven students. The count includes pre-school, special education and other special programs.
A total of 27,450 students were enrolled in the district on the official count day, Sept. 20. Notably, more kindergarteners are enrolled in district schools this year than at any time in the last five years and the kindergarten class is the largest of the K-12 classes.
At SM East enrollment dropped by 112 students to 1,656. That drop was predicted due to the smallest freshman class in five years coming into the school and last year’s large senior class exiting. Five years ago SM East enrollment stood at 1,882.
At SM North, enrollment was nearly flat with only a loss of three students to 1,547. The freshman class was equal to last year’s 446, which make them the largest in the five year period. SM North enrollment was 1,687 five years ago.
Enrollment at Indian Hills Middle School jumped to 821 from 746 last year. In the last year before consolidation with Mission Valley, the school had 498 students. In the three years since consolidation the enrollment has been 757 and 746 heading into this year. The seventh grade class, with 428 students is the largest in the last three years.
Hocker Grove Middle School also saw an increase this year, from 789 to 794 students. It had 516 before consolidation and the Antioch closing.
A sampling of area elementary schools shows Westwood View steady with 285; Highlands down 10 at 290; Corinth down 31, but steady over the five years; Briarwood up 25 to 590 and up 82 over five years; Belinder up eight to 504 and up 28 over five years; Rushton up 15 to 358 and up 68 over five years; Roesland up three at 373 and Tomahawk down 17 to 304, but steady over five years.
Individual school enrollment reports can be accessed here. Shawnee Mission Superintendent Dr. Jim Hinson has announced that the district will be contracting a professional demographer to report on coming population trends and re-greening in order for the schools to do better facilities planning. Several northeast Johnson County communities have discussed efforts to bring families back into the neighborhoods.