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Analysis of 11th day school numbers

Original post made by Parent, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2007

Now that we are into the school year and the magic 11th day has passed, it is time for the 11th day numbers to be analysed. We all "know" that our schools are growing, but lets see the figures.

I am particularly interested in seeing both the kindergarten figures, as parents often choose private or homeschooling options after they have been told they are overflowed out of their neighborhood school, and also high school figures to see how they compare to projections in the light of the recent decision not to consider a third high school.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2007 at 2:18 pm

We also had a big mysterious 'no show' component at Fairmeadow this year... Why so many no shows? Did the district check? Will they report on this?

I suspect we had a lot of sign ups in anticipation of MI, then when they found out no MI, they didn't come.

Is this true? Anyone know?

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Posted by Arden Pennell, Weekly reporter
a resident of University South
on Sep 21, 2007 at 5:34 pm

The Board of Education packet, which will be posted online at, will contain the complete enrollment information. However, in the meantime, here is a snapshot of the figures.

Total Enrollment: 11,172 students

Increases over 2006-07
* Grades K-5: 111
* Grades 6-8: 90
* Grades 9-12: 16

Grade Totals:
2006/07 - 2007/08

K - 782 - 816
1 - 756 - 828
2 - 753 - 789
3 - 831 - 775
4 - 783 - 853
5 - 801 - 815
6 - 775 - 816
7 - 821 - 790
8 - 785 - 870
9 - 919 - 887
10 - 861 - 927
11 - 883 - 843
12 - 796 - 827

Also, 12 kindergarten students were overflowed from their neighborhood schools.

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Posted by PA mom
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 21, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Any idea how many non-kinders were overflowed?

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2007 at 9:28 pm

Thanks but we probably need to wait for the packet. Its not quite enough info.. One of the key questions is - what did the projections last year say would happen this year? Was this on target, more, less?

Also need this info by school - what neighborhoods are experiencing the biggest issues? Where are the open spots? Where are the overflows?

Also, what happened for example in Fairmeadow where 17 Kinders that were expected, didn't show up on the first day of school? Basically the portable there was put in for nothing? And they now have an extra teacher as well... Pretty expensive mistake by the staff. What happened there? Will the district be getting to the bottom of this?

The next school board meeting will present 11th day enrollment information, will also discuss an MI Grant recieved, and will discuss Language offering in the elementary schools.

See thread on risk created by the district when students are driving themselves to away games - I'd rather see the district pay for safe away game transportation for teams and choir and other activities (a necessity!) Rather than for language education to be added (a luxury).

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Posted by Appreciative
a resident of South of Midtown
on Sep 22, 2007 at 10:05 am

Thanks Arden, nice snapshot. Appreciate the work you did.

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