Upper Arlington News

UA schools enrollment expected to top 6,100 by 2017


Student enrollment in Upper Arlington schools is expected to increase over the next five years, according to an enrollment study of the district.

Steve Phillips, executive director of personnel, reported on the study to school board members at their Nov. 12 meeting.

He said total district enrollment was 5,824 on Oct. 1. Of that number, 2,631 are elementary school students; 1,405 are middle school students and 1,788 are high school students.

Information sheets given to school board members listed enrollment data from 1971 to 2012.

In 1971, the district had 9,045 students. That number decreased each year to 5,106 in 1986, when the district added 53 students, then dropped again to a low of 4,839 in 1989.

"The total K-12 student enrollment is expected to experience growth through the 2017-18 school year, to a total of 6,168 students," he said.

After that, he said, enrollment is expected to decline slightly to about 6,135 students in the 2022-23 school year.

Phillips said enrollment in the elementary buildings, though, is expected to remain "relatively stable" over the next 10 years.

He said the current elementary enrollment, 2,631 students, is expected to increase only to 2,650 students by the 2022-23 school year.

"Minor year-to-year fluctuations are expected during that period," he said.

Middle school enrollment is expected to increase to an average enrollment of 1,464 students during the next 10 years, Phillips said.

"The high school enrollment is expected to increase by the greatest number of students during the next 10 years," he said. "Beginning with the 2012-13 enrollment of 1,788 students, projections indicate that the high school will have 2,066 students enrolled during the 2017-18 school year."

He said that number is expected to then decline to 2,027 students in the 2022-23 school year.

Current enrollment per elementary building is 727 students at Barrington; 356 at Greensview; 583 at Tremont; 510 at Wickliffe and 455 at Windermere.

Middle school enrollment per building is 706 students at Hastings and 699 students at Jones.

Enrollment at Upper Arlington High School is 1,788 students.

Phillips said the district also gathered data to determine how many Upper Arlington students have been enrolled in area private and parochial schools since 2002.

In 2002, 903 Upper Arlington children were enrolled in private or parochial schools. Currently, 788 Upper Arlington children are enrolled in those schools.

The private/parochial school data studied included figures from St. Agatha, St. Andrews, Columbus Academy, Columbus School for Girls, Worthington Christian, St. Charles Preparatory School, Bishop Watterson High School and the Wellington School.