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Wilsonville High School has room to grow, while WLHS has more youth than recommended

PMG FILE PHOTO - Some schools experienced enrollment spikes this year, such as Sunst Primary (pictured below).Enrollment is up at some West Linn-Wilsonville schools, including West Linn High School, preliminary data shows.

Educational capacities are determined by the district, which found total enrollment across all the schools is still well below the capacity. But uneven distribution means some schools could absorb more than 100 students before reaching maximum capacity, while others are already crowded.

CAPACITY VS ENROLLMENT

Athey Creek 669 697

Rosemont Ridge 713 732

Inza Wood 691 525

Boeckman Creek 550 548

Bolton Primary 475 348

Boones Ferry 775 621

Cedaroak 500 286

Lowrie Primary 575 546

Stafford 525 433

Sunset 425 345

Trillium 575 582

Willamette 525 522

WLHS 1730 1816

WHS 1345 1182

Art/Tech 80 103

(Enrollment taken June 2019)

Enrollment data as of Sept. 30 will be released by the district after further verification, WL-WV Superintendent Kathy Ludwig said. The school district releases enrollment figures each quarter.

The district started the year with 9,816 students, which is less than the end of September totals in the past two years.

West Linn High School has roughly 1,880 students, far above the 1,730 capacity, Ludwig said at the school board's Oct. 7 meeting. That represents an increase of 15 students compared to the same time last year.

At most schools, enrollment falls slightly throughout the school year. "I often remind people, it's kind of like watching your stocks, you don't want to overreact every time something is up and down one month here or there," Ludwig said.

Wilsonville High School, on the other hand, had 1,223 students at this time last year, while the school's capacity is 1,345 students.

Enrollment at both Stafford and Sunset primary schools increased this year, according to Ludwig. Both schools were at less than 83% capacity last year. This September, Sunset's enrollment was up by 40 to 50 students, Ludwig said at the school board meeting.

At Rosemont Ridge, Inza Wood and Meridian Creek middle schools, enrollment increased. It was stagnant or fell slightly at Athey Creek, which was over capacity throughout the last school year.

The district has significantly reduced out-of-district transfers over the past few years. In the 2016-17 school year, the district had a total 623 transfer students. For the current school year, the district has 406.

Enrollment numbers are an integral part of the campaign for the upcoming district's capital bond. "The projects in the capital bond aren't responses of enrollment growth in every pocket or corner of the district, but where those areas do

land," Ludwig told the school board.

The district also anticipates further enrollment growth as families move into new development around Frog Pond in Wilsonville.


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