The Douglas County School District broke a personal enrollment record with the highest enrollment in its 52-year history. Ranked as the state’s …
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The Douglas County School District broke a personal enrollment
record with the highest enrollment in its 52-year history. Ranked
as the state’s third-largest district, Douglas County tipped the
scales with more than 60,000 students for the first time, according
to a report from the Colorado Department of Education.
The department reports Douglas County had student enrollment of
13,125 students in 1990 and 34,918 students a decade later.
The department released its 2010-2011 enrollment numbers Jan.
11, reflecting a statewide increase in enrollment of 1.3 percent.
The announcement shows the statewide pupil count for the 2010-2011
school year increased by 10,948 over the previous year, bringing
the total to 843,316 public school students.
The growth rate lags behind the 2009-2010 growth rate by a small
percentage. In the school year 2009-2010, statewide enrollment grew
by 1.7 percent. The previous year, enrollment surged 2 percent, the
largest increase in recent history, according to the department of
The department reports Colorado’s 15 largest school districts
had the same ranking as last year. Those 15 school districts
represent 67.7 percent of the total statewide enrollment, which is
570,721 students in all, according to a press release from the
department of education.
The Big 15
Colorado’s largest school districts, in order
1. Jeffco Public Schools, with 85,938 students
2. Denver Public Schools, 78,317
3. Douglas County Schools, 61,465
4. Cherry Creek Schools, 52,166
5. Adams 12 Five Star Schools, 41,957
6. Aurora Public Schools, 38,605
7. Colorado Springs School District 11, 29,459
8. Boulder Valley School District, 29,526
9. St. Vrain Valley School District, 27,379
10. Poudre School District, 26,923
11. Academy School District 20, 23,119
12. Mesa County Valley School District 51, 22,091
13. Greeley-Evans School District 6, 19,623
14. Pueblo City Schools, 18,420
15. RM Littleton Public Schools, 15,733
Additional data from the Colorado Department of Education
2010-2011 student enrollment report
106 of Colorado’s 181 local education agencies have an
enrollment of fewer than 1,000 students. These 106 local education
agencies enrolled 4.2 percent of the total number of students in
the state in 2010.
A larger group of 132 local education agencies have an
enrollment of fewer than 2,000 students. These 132 agencies
enrolled 8.5 percent of the total number of students in the state
in 2010. That means about 75 percent of the local education
agencies in Colorado serve less than 10 percent of the
The districts with the largest student enrollment increases from
2009-2010 to 2010-2011 include Julesburg School District Re-1, up
550 students (44.5 percent increase); Mapleton School District, up
1,859 students (32.2 percent increase) and the Charter School
Institute, up 1,400 students (21.3 percent increase).
Online Enrollment Surges
The 2010-2011 enrollment totals include 15,249 students
registered to online educational programs. That total is 1.8
percent of all students.
The enrollment reflects a 14 percent increase from 2009-2010,
when there were 13,128 students in online programs. In 2002-2003,
there were just 1,876 students in online programs, and at the time,
those students reflected .25 percent of the entire statewide
Statewide enrollment has grown every year since 1989, when the
total stood at 562,755.
Source: The Colorado Department of Education
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