School Enrollment Relatively Strong in Park View Area
With school closings still something Chancellor Henderson is considering in DCPS’s 5-year education plan, I was heartened to see that the elementary schools in the Park View area have strong enrollments. According to an article in the Washington Post published on August 21st, “overall, D.C. schools are operating at 75 percent capacity … and at least 21 schools have occupancy rates below 50 percent.” Low enrollment is often and indicator of potential school closures.
But in our corner of Ward 1/4, enrollments are over 80%. Harriet Tubman Elementary currently has an enrollment of 85%, Raymond Education Campus has an enrollment of 92%, and Bruce-Monroe at Park View has an enrollment of 102%.
While an increase in the area’s school-age children can explain some of the increases in enrollment … one can not ignore the impact that earlier school closings in the area have had on the enrollment of the remaining open schools.
Reviewing the interactive map of public and charter school enrollment on the Washington Post Web site provides an interesting picture on where enrollment is high and where it is low. I have provided a snapshot below, which will link to the maps at the Washington Post.Schools comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.