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Enrollment is falling in DC Public Schools as more people choose charter schools, homeschooling

Enrollment in DC Public Schools fell this year, while charter schools and homeschooling saw increases in enrollment.

Enrollment in DC Public Schools dropped by 855 students this year, while charter schools and homeschooling saw increases in enrollment.

The decline follows what has happened nationwide as families choose other educational options during the pandemic.

According to preliminary enrollment figures released by the State Superintendent of Education, just over 49,035 students attend DC Public Schools. This is a drop from 49,890 students last year and a recent maximum of 51,037 students for the 2019-2020 school year.

Since then, enrollment has steadily declined by around 2% each year.



A statement from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education said that early childhood education programs such as pre-K experienced the biggest drop in enrollment.

Meanwhile, the city’s charter schools continue to see more students sign up. The 123 schools saw 948 more students this year, an increase of 2.16%. In DC, 44,890 students are enrolled in charter schools this year.

After more than a year of virtual learning during the pandemic, homeschooling is becoming more popular among district parents. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education reported that 959 students were enrolled in homeschooling programs for the 2021-22 school year. That’s an increase from 602 students last school year.

More detailed registration number information will be released in early 2022.

Enrollment is falling in DC Public Schools as more people choose charter schools, homeschooling

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Since then, enrollment has steadily declined by around 2% each year.

Source: https://newsofamerica.org/2021/12/02/enrollment-is-falling-in-dc-public-schools-as-more-people-choose-charter-schools-homeschooling/

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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