Barrington school enrollment at a 10-year low

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Student enrollment in Barrington schools is at a 10-year low.

According to information provided at the Oct. 3 school committee meeting, Barrington currently has 3,318 children enrolled in the public schools. That’s fewer than any year in the last decade, and continues a four-year drop since 2010-11 when the district hosted 3,466 students.

The New England School Development Council projected even fewer students in Barrington schools this year — 3,300, but the actual enrollment at the elementary schools and high school surpassed projections.

Enrollment information showed that Barrington budgeted for a larger student population, 3,337 students. District officials reportedly budgeted for larger class sizes at the elementary schools, high school and middle school.

Barrington High School is home to 1,034 students this year, which is more than 100 students less than in 2008-09. The trend has shown a steady drop in students since that year, but slightly more than NESDEC projected.

Student population, by grade

Pre-K:  21

K:      163

1:      234

2:      250

3:      240

4:      252

5:      274

6:      295

7:      258

8:      297

9:      256

10:     225

11:     281

12:     272

Student population, district-wide

2005-06: 3,401

06-07: 3,464

07-08: 3,448

08-09: 3,428

09-10: 3,421

10-11: 3,466

11-12: 3,400

12-13: 3,356

13-14: 3,318

Student projections vs. actual

Grades            NESDEC  Actual

Pre-K to 3:     876            908

4 to 5:              543             526

6 to 8:             853             850

9 to 12:           1,028          1,034

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