Youngstown schools have increased enrollment
By Amanda Tonoli
The Youngstown City School District has about 4 percent more students as of the third week of the 2017-18 school year than the 2016-17 school year, not including preschool students.
Overall, with preschool students, the district has about a 3.3 percent student increase.
CEO Krish Mohip said the increase in enrollment is a clear indication that people are starting to believe again in the city schools and believe in what the school system is doing.
“It’s one thing to stop students from leaving a district, but it’s quite another to be adding students to the district,” he added.
The enrollment count for 2017 is 5,487 including preschool students through 12th-graders. Without preschool students enrollment is 5,002.
For 2016, enrollment was 5,311 including preschool students through 12th-graders. Without preschool students enrollment was 4,807.
The difference is about 200 students.
In a district that typically loses 200 students a year, gaining 200 is good change of pace, Mohip said.
“I would say it’s a good indicator of more things to come,” he said. “People are realizing [the district] is a safe place for the children. We have great facilities, great teachers, great administrators, a 1:1 Initiative in technology and foreign language starting as early as kindergarten.”
The biggest increase is in the third grade, with 142 more students this year than in 2016 – from 394 to 536 students or a 36 percent increase.
The biggest decrease was in second grade from 469 students in 2016 to 402 students in 2017 – a 67 student or 14.3 percent decrease.
Mohip is also proud to see that a usual spot where the district loses students – transition from eighth to ninth grade or middle to high school – gained students.
“You typically see students leave the district when it’s time for high school, and I’m pleased [students didn’t],” he said.
Ninth grade saw a 16.8 percent or 53 student increase from 2016’s 315 students to 2017’s 368 students.
Mohip said this stride is the product of a combination of reducing misconduct, reconfiguring neighborhood schools and the many programs Mohip and his leadership team put in place to help students succeed.
“All the things done in the past six months really contributed to families feeling better about school system,” Mohip said.
District spokeswoman Denise Dick said the enrollment numbers, provided by the district, are still unofficial because of the continuing fluctuations.