Kansas school districts won’t know official enrollment totals to the state until Sept. 21, the day the Kansas Department of Education sets for attendance count. However, USD 231 director of human resources Jody Marshall noted preliminary Gardner Edgerton School District totals in a Sept. 14 memo to the school board.
The preliminary enrollment count shows the district growing by 177 students, or approximately 3 percent. The fifth grade class added 66 students this year, the most of any USD 231 class. The largest decreases are in the first and fourth grade classes, which have 31 and 32 fewer students than those classes last year. This year’s kindergarten and ninth grade classes are also slightly smaller with seven and two fewer students respectively. All other classes have more students, according to the district’s unofficial headcount.
Marshall also reported to the school board that the average class size for kindergarten through fourth grade is 20 students. Edgerton Elementary has the smallest average with a class size of 17 students, while Madison Elementary has the highest average of 23 students per class.
The average middle school class size in the Gardner Edgerton School District is 25 students. Marshall reported that all middle school classes at the three middle schools have between 24 and 27 students.
At Gardner Edgerton High School, the average class size for core courses, including math and English, is 24 students. The average class size for high school electives is slightly higher at 27 students.