Student Enrollment Down Statewide
Written by Andrew-Rossi on December 26, 2017
Enrollment in Wyoming’s public schools is falling, although the Big Horn Basin hasn’t seen a huge impact.
A report released by the Wyoming Department of Education last week shows that almost 300 fewer students enrolled in Wyoming schools this year compared to last year, bringing the total below 93,000. This decline comes along with the bust in the mineral industry that began a few years ago – U.S. Census data released Wednesday show Wyoming has lost more than 6,600 residents since the bust began.
However, according to data gathered from all school districts in the state in October of this year, school district enrollment in the Big Horn Basin seems relatively stable.
Park County School District six in Cody ranked 12th in the state for enrollment, with 2058 students, and comparisons show that there are only nine fewer students in this district than last year. And Powell’s Park County School District one has actually increased by 23 students, bringing their total enrollment to 1837.
Big Horn County District 1 in Burlington is also up by 34 students, and Lovell and Greybull also saw increases in the number of students enrolled.
Washakie County has seen the steepest decline in the Basin – Worland’s numbers are down by over 50 students, and in Ten Sleep, Washakie District two lost almost ten percent of its student enrollment, dropping from 112 last year to 102 this year.