Disparity In Growth For Colorado Schools
The Colorado Department of Education has released its statewide look at school enrollment.
The state's preschool through 12th grade pupil count shows Colorado gained more than 12,000 students this school year.
There are 889,006 public school student in the state, according to the data.
Schools on the Front Range, like in years past, have the most pupils.
On the Western Slope, the Mesa County Valley School District is the largest. It ranks 12th in the state.
But, the Mesa County School District has seen enrollment slowly decline over the past six years.
Other districts on the Western Slope like the Montrose County School District and the Delta County School District are also seeing student numbers drop.
The greatest growth was experienced by urban areas.
Overall, 45 percent of Colorado’s districts experienced declining enrollment this school year, according to the department of education.