Enrollment continues to decline but more slowly

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Valley News


This year, enrollment in California is at its lowest in 20 years. Our own Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District mirrors those numbers to some degree.

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year continued its two-decade decline, but the decline appears to be slowing. Enrollment was 3,826.

In 2000-2001, enrollment was 4,661 and peaked at 4,770 the following school year. After that, enrollment began to steadily decline. It reached 4,661 in 2003-2004, rebounded to 4,736 the following year, and the numbers have been falling ever since.

Fewer students doesn’t mean Valley Center’s population is declining, but its demographic makeup has changed, with fewer small families with children. However, with the opening of Park Circle, this decline may be halted, at least for a time.

At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, enrollment was 4,257. In 2015-2016, enrollment was 4,087. The year 2018-19 was the last in which enrollment exceeded 4,000. The numbers last year were 3,865.

VCPUSD Supt. Ron McCowan spoke to The Roadrunner on how Park Circle development homes may affect listings.

“We have already enrolled students from Park Circle Development,” McCowan said. “Also, some families who recently moved to Park Circle have told us that their children will be finishing the school year at their current school, but plan to enroll in VCPUSD next year.”

He added: “We expect to enroll up to 250 Park Circle students over the next four years as all phases of construction are completed and children from very young families grow old enough to start the school. school. We hope that Park Circle can mitigate our declining enrollment trend.

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