Dalton Public Schools See Almost 5% Enrollment Growth

Dalton Public Schools continued its positive trend of enrollment growth with an increase of 356 more students than were enrolled on the last day of the 2011-2012 school year. After 9 days of increasing enrollment, the district experienced its first steady numbers on the 10th day of class reporting an overall enrollment of 7,536—up 4.9 percent from last year.

“While seeing large increases in student enrollment does create some challenges, we are excited to see Dalton Public Schools continuing to grow,” said Dr. Jim Hawkins, superintendent. “It’s a very positive sign that our district is experiencing its highest increase in enrollment since 2006.”

The largest increase in enrollment was at the high school level with an additional 190 students. “We are encouraged by the growth in the numbers at the high school level because more students are seeking the opportunity to complete their high school education.”

The 10th day enrollment is 316 more students—a 4.4 percent increase compared to the 10th day enrollment last year. The district reported 280 additional students have enrolled since the first day of school this year.

Dalton Public Schools has predicted a growing enrollment trend for the next several years but this year’s numbers have exceeded expectations. “Our projections were for a 3 percent increase annually,” said Hawkins, “and we  staffed at that level. We are beginning to look at our class size and ensure that we are meeting our maximum class size requirements to accommodate this large enrollment.”

“We know there is little predictability in the numbers of students we see in the first few days of school,” said Hawkins. “We always like to wait for the 10th day enrollment numbers to see things level out. The 10th day was the first one since school started that we did not see any change in the enrollment numbers from the day before.”

10th Day Enrollment Comparisons

10th Day 2012-2013 2011-2012 2010-2011
Elementary               3,969              3,892               3,807
Middle               1,669              1,620               1,523
High               1,898              1,708               1,663
Total           7,536              7,220               6,993

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