Compared with the 2011-12 school year, student enrollment has declined in Pleasanton Unified School District from 14,873 children then to 14,768 this school year, according to data recently released by the district.
Total enrollment did increase by 27 students this year compared with last year, with roughly 80 more students each at the middle and high levels. But there are 145 fewer children enrolled in the district's elementary schools this year compared with last, PUSD Senior Director of Student Services Kevin Johnson said during a presentation on enrollment at the Nov. 9 school board meeting.
The slight rise in middle school enrollment marked a continuing pattern of growth at that level, while a similar increase at the high school level comes after four years of decline, according to Johnson.
Looking at enrollment numbers on the first Monday in October over the last six school years, the district also found that the largest year-to-year increase in total student enrollment was 45.
"We have seen very consistent enrollment compared to most districts," Johnson said at the school board meeting.
Johnson also highlighted data that showed how student enrollment has changed by ethnicity over the last six years. The most notable changes were a nearly 11% rise in enrollment of Asian students, while enrollment of white students has dropped by 9% since 2011-12.
A demographer's report released in the spring stated that PUSD would see declining enrollment in the next decade due to falling birth rates and the elimination of the East Pleasanton Specific Plan from the unit forecast. The district is projected to have 13,977 students enrolled by fall 2025, according to that report.