Enrollment down, homeschooling up in Little Compton

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LITTLE COMPTON – Enrollment figures for Wilbur & McMahon School declined this fall, from 298 students last year (2011-12) in grades K -8, to 277 students this fall at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.

At the same time, the number of children being home-schooled in town increased, from 14 last year to 18 this year. The number of students attending private school remained the same — seven students last year, and seven this year.

The figures were disclosed Monday by Superintendent of Schools Kathryn Crowley and Principal Joao Arruda. Ms. Crowley noted that the overall enrollment decline was consistent with recent demographic projections in the area for the near future. When she first started as superintendent in Little Compton a few years ago, she said, enrollment was over 300.

Mr. Arruda said he considered the number of home schooled students to be higher than expected for a small community such as Little Compton.

Home schooling in Rhode island is a regulated process that requires school department and school committee approval.

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