Edina Public Schools is expecting a modest increase in enrollment of about 200 students over the next five years, with the high school and Countryside and Highlands elementaries seeing the largest projected enrollment hikes.
The average class size at the high school is 28 students and 25 at the district’s elementary and middle schools. And some schools are nearing functional capacity, said Margo Bauck, the district’s director of business services, during last week’s board meeting.
Most of the expected increase will come from “resident” students, whose homes lie within Edina’s boundaries.
The district’s enrollment rose by 59 students from fall 2012 to fall 2013.In January, a new demographic study will be completed that takes into account Edina’s redevelopment and projected growth in predicting future enrollment numbers.
Projected Enrollment Change, 2013-14 to 2018-19
Concord Elementary, -2.1 percent
Cornelia Elementary, +4.1
Countryside Elementary, +6.1
Creek Valley Elementary, +2.4
Highlands Elementary, +7.3
Normandale Elementary, -2.6
Elementary Total, +2.2
South View Middle, +3.8 percent
Valley View Middle, -3.0
Edina High School, +5.6
Secondary Total, +2.5