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JPS has slight enrollment increase

Enrollment figures by grade for students at Jamestown Public Schools are shown. The chart compares last year's enrollment in blue to the current year enrollment in red. Keith Norman / The Sun

Enrollment increased 1.46 percent for Jamestown Public School District in the 2017-18 school year.

The school district reported there are 2,157 students enrolled from kindergarten through 12th grade. This is 31 students more than the 2,126 students who were enrolled at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

The largest class this year is eighth grade with 196 students. Grade 1 and grade 10 tied as the smallest class with 136 students each.

The 10th grade saw the sharpest increase of 42 students this year. Fourth grade had the sharpest decrease of 16 students.

The enrollment figures are what was expected, said Robert Lech, school district superintendent.

“We knew that our current first- and second-grade numbers were lower than average and we anticipated seeing that rebound a little bit to closer to our average,” Lech said. “There are always fluctuations when you have private schools and home education options, but we do see some consistency in enrollment ranges.”

There are currently 21 home-school families with 42 students in the school district, Lech said. There were 29 home-school families with 64 students in 2016-17, he said.

Altogether there are 2,412 students attending K-12 public schools, private schools or are homeschooled in the school district, Lech said. The open enrollment numbers are counted separately, he said.

There are 112 students living within the Jamestown Public School District who are attending other school districts through open enrollment, Lech said. There are 65 students living in other school districts who attend Jamestown Public School District, he said.

North Dakota allows open enrollment to accommodate families who want to have children attend private schools or another school district, Lech said. Some families live in one community and work in another, or prefer to remain with a former school after moving, or utilize other school districts’ buses that drive into this school district, he said.

Private school enrollment

St. John’s Academy reports there are 168 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through sixth grade and and 26 students in prekindergarten this year, she said. (WHO IS SHE???)

Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist School reports there are 19 students enrolled in first through eighth grade this year.

Victory Christian School reports there are 26 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and 21 prekindergarten students this year.