NDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) on Thursday released data on school enrollment for the 2021-22 school year.
Enrollment in Indiana’s public and accredited non-public schools has grown to 1.12 million students, a modest increase from the previous school year, according to a news release from the IDOE.
“With growing enrollment across all school types, today Indiana’s educators are focused on helping our students recover learning impacted by COVID-19 disruptions and building the foundational knowledge and skills to prepare them for a lifetime of future success,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana secretary of education.
Enrollment growth in Indiana’s schools is significantly driven this year by a 5.25% increase in kindergarten enrollment compared with the 2020-21 school year. This “strong” growth comes as some families are enrolling their children in a K-12 school for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the release states.
Indiana’s schools serve 1.12 million students, of which 1.03 million are enrolled in public schools. More than 83,000 students currently attend Indiana’s accredited non-public schools, which comprises 7.4% of Indiana’s students. Indiana saw enrollment increases from the previous school year across all school types, including an increase of 2,999 students (0.2%) in public schools and 4,672 students (5.9%) in non-public schools.
Enrollment calculations are based on a statewide count of students in attendance in an Indiana school on Oct. 1.
The IDOE has total enrollment at Wa-Nee Community Schools listed as 2,878, while Elkhart Community Schools’ is at 11,659. Rochester Community School Corporation’s is at 1,692.
Wawasee Community School Corporation has a total enrollment listed as 2,937, while Warsaw Community Schools is 6,731. Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation’s total enrollment is figured at 1,805, while Whitko Community School Corporation’s is 1,243.
While Plymouth Community School Corporation’s enrollment is reported as 3,359, enrollment for Triton School Corporation is 918.
Manchester Community Schools has an enrollment of 1,456.
For local, non-public schools, Lakeland Christian Academy’s enrollment is listed at 362, while Sacred Heart School’s is 185.
Comparatively, some of the larger enrollments in the state include Indianapolis Public Schools at 22,126; Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, 21,943; South Bend Community School Corporation, 15,965; Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, 11,513; Carmel Clay Schools, 16,215; Hamilton Southeastern Schools, 21,603; and Fort Wayne Community Schools, 28,778.
A full breakdown of school enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is available online at the IDOE website.