Oct. 16, 2013
By Tara Cavanaugh
Updated enrollment numbers show that the district has lost a total of 224 students since the last school year.
The majority of those students, a total of 134, were lost at the high school level. And most of those students, 93 of them, opted instead to attend one of the WISD high school programs.
The district is a partner with WISD and its specialized high school programs. WISD offers the Early College Alliance (ECA), Widening Advancement for Youth (WAY) and the Washtenaw International High School international baccalaureate program (WiHi).
The district’s partnership includes working with WISD to advertise the programs to students, allowing students to participate in AAPS graduation ceremonies and senior class activities, and providing transcripts and Michigan Merit Curriculum credit.
When an AAPS student decides to participate in the ECA, WAY or WiHi programs, his or her per-pupil funding is transferred from the district to those programs.
The district’s contract with WISD regarding these programs finishes on Dec. 1, and it is considering whether or not to renew.
“We’re not wanting to withhold options from our students,” said Jane Landefeld, the AAPS director of student accounting and research. “But now we are thinking of offering some of those options in our district.”
The list below shows student enrollment by school and the increase or decrease from last year.
The loss from Northside (29) and Angell (5) may be from changes in University of Michigan north campus housing, Landefeld said. U-M students and families appear to be moving into the apartments on Green Road or in the King Elementary area. “This is adding to King’s higher enrollment,” she added.
Bryant and Northside were schools with all-day kindergarten before the district offered it at all schools. Now that all schools have all-day kindergarten, schools tend to attract kindergarten students from their own neighborhoods.
Landefeld also pointed out that it is typical for schools’ enrollments to fluctuate. For example, Clague had the largest enrollment of the middle schools two years ago, Tappan had the largest enrollment last year, and Slauson has the largest this year.
2013 Enrollment Numbers, (+/- change from last year listed in parenthesis)
- Abbot: 318, (+22)
- Allen: 370, (-7)
- Angell: 289, (-5)
- Bach: 355, (-36)
- Bryant: 328, (-24)
- Burns Park: 414, (+1)
- Carpenter: 397, (+11)
- Dicken: 364, (-1)
- Eberwhite: 344, (-5)
- Haisley: 399, (-20)
- King: 445, (-1)
- Lakewood: 354, (+22)
- Lawton: 433, (-20)
- Logan: 351, (+17)
- Mitchell: 276, (-3)
- Northside: 189, (-29)
- Pattengill: 340, (+10)
- Pittsfield: 240, (-6)
- Thurston: 428, (+4)
- Wines: 441, (+7)
- Total Elementary Loss: -63
Ann Arbor Open: 513, (+1)
- Clague: 710, (-29)
- Forsythe: 684, (+29)
- Scarlett: 490, (-15)
- Slauson: 769, (+7)
- Tappan: 737, (-20)
- Total Middle School Loss: -27
- A2 Tech: 115, (-2)
- Huron: 1515, (-96)
- Pioneer: 1644, (-7)
- Community: 487, (+14)
- Clemente: 80, (-6)
- Skyline: 1464, (-37)
- Total High School Loss: -134
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