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Superintendent shares NPS enrollment report; parochial schools working to grow enrollment

November 14, 2018

With nearly 4,500 students, the Norfolk Public Schools student body is the largest it’s ever been, according to Jami Jo Thompson, district superintendent.

The official enrollment report showed that the total student population for the 2017-18 school year is 4,446. The total student population increased by 77 students from the last school year, a nearly 2 percent increase. Thompson presented the enrollment numbers at the Norfolk board of education’s monthly meeting on Monday night.

Population changes from last year include:

At the preschool, three more students for a total of 190 students.At the elementary schools, 31 more students, mostly at Bel Air Elementary School and Woodland Park Elementary School, for a total of 1,626 students.At Norfolk Middle School, 17 more students for a total of 665 students.At Norfolk Junior High, 26 more students for a total of 641 students.At Norfolk High, the population remained the same at 1,324 students.

Thompson said NPS enrollment has increased by over 500 students since 2006, which makes her “very proud.”

“This growth is exciting, because additional students means additional funding for our schools, which means that we can provide additional opportunities for our students,” she said. “It also means that the parents in our community have faith in our public schools to provide their children with an outstanding educational experience.”

Thompson said she would have more information, including enrollment projections and possibly staffing recommendations, at the upcoming board of education study session on Dec. 10.

The parochial schools are working to grow their enrollment numbers.

Lutheran High Northeast’s enrollment for its 9-12 grade students is the same from last year at 114, said Daniel Sievert, principal at the school. The enrollment has stayed the same or gone up for the past three school years, and administrators and staff are working hard to grow the school, he said.

“Our senior class is the smallest class in this building at 22 (students),” he said. “We’re hoping we’ll have some larger growth next year.”

At Norfolk Catholic School, pre-K through 12th-grade enrollment is at 602 students total, with 362 at the elementary school and 240 in grades 7-12, said Amy Wattier, school principal. Last year, enrollment totaled 649 students.

Wattier said there were 60 seniors in the 2018 class, while there are 31 for 2019. In addition, new leadership changes at the school provide optimism for student body growth.

“There is a renewed energy that we want to share with anyone who wants to be part of our new way of life here at Norfolk Catholic,” she said.

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