Enrolment in Prince Rupert School District up slightly

Preliminary numbers have rolled in for School District 52 (SD52) 2015-16 enrolment.

Preliminary numbers have rolled in for School District 52 (SD52) 2015-16 enrolment.

By Sept. 30, SD52 director of human resources Kathy Gomez reported that 2,160 students have enrolled in the school system – an increase of 100 students from the fall of 2014.

Kindergarten enrolment also saw an increase of 13 students, with total kindergarten numbers reaching 161 students.

SD52 administration said that complete numbers for the year won’t be known until late October, due to students switching schools or districts in the months of September and October.

Superintendent Sandra Jones released some 2014 figures at the most recent school board meeting on Oct. 13 and they showed average class sizes in the district consistently fell below the provincial average.

Last year, in kindergarten, the district average was 18.3 students, while the provincial average was 19.5. For Grades 1-3, the district average was 19.9, compared to the provincial 21.5 figure. For Grades 4-7, the district average was 21.6 and the provincial average was 25.6. For Grades 8-12, the district average was 20.1 and the provincial average was 23.2.