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D.C. Sees Another Bump In Public School Enrollment

Enrollment in D.C. traditional and public charter schools increased by three percent in the 2013-2014 school year, the fifth consecutive year of growth in the city's school system.

As in years past, enrollment in charter schools grew more aggressively, increasing by 1,891 students to 36,565 — a five percent jump. Enrollment in D.C. public schools grew by two percent, with 836 new students bringing the system's tally to 46,393.

Enrollment in both traditional and public charter schools has grown since it hit a low of 70,922 in 2008-09. With this year's increases, there are 82,958 students attending either a public or a public charter school.

Charter school enrollment has steadily grown since 2000-01, when it stood at just over 10,000. At the same time, enrollment in traditional public schools fell dramatically from 65,000 that year until 2009-10, when it finally stabilized and started growing slowly.

The audit also found that traditional and charter schools educate 7,331 English language learners and 11,043 special education students.

SY13-14 Enrollment Audit Overview (2.26.2014)[1]

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