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Hopkinton School Enrollment Continues to Surpass Projections

 

 

Center School has a new sign, but still outdated and in disrepair

Hopkinton Public Schools total PK-12 enrollment stands at 3,465 as of October 1, 2016, which surpasses the most recent projection by just 22 students. For many years, projections showed that enrollment would be either going down slightly or staying the same, but new projections now show a projected increase of 131 students in five years (3,596 total students in 2021-22) and a projected increase of 316 students in ten years (3,781 total students in 2026-27).

This year the largest classes are in the Middle and High Schools, with grade 8 being the largest at 311 students. Grade 4 is the largest elementary grade with 270 students this year. More residential developments at Legacy Farms and Hopkinton Mews are expected in the coming years.  More detail is available in the links provided below. This year there are 153 students from Legacy Farms.  The developer will pay a financial penalty to the town if the number of students exceeds 250 in the first six years, see section E 22 of the Host Community Agreement for more information.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) had originally certified an enrollment number of 355 K-1 students for the Center School replacement building project on Hayden Rowe Street. However, since that time Center School’s enrollment has been higher than expected and in 2015 the MSBA increased the enrollment certification for the Center School building project to 395 students. The Superintendent and the Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) had originally expressed that they were comfortable with the 395 number even though Center School had 445 students at that time. They expressed that if needed, class sizes could be increased slightly to accommodate extra students without compromising the educational program.

However, at their meeting on January 5, the School Committee voted to put a placeholder article on the Special Town Meeting warrant appropriating up to $3 million to include 4 additional classrooms (and associated redesign costs) to the current new school building project on Hayden Rowe Street. New projections from November 2016 now anticipate an enrollment of 485 K-1 students for the foreseeable future.

Links and Documents for More Info:

Year# of Students
2010-113454
2011-123414
2012-133411
2013-143459
2014-153462
2015-163459
2016-173465
2017-183496
2018-193520
2019-203565
2020-213602
2021-223596

Hopkinton School Enrollment Surpasses Peak

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Hopkinton Public Schools have gained 10 students since October 1, now reaching a total of 3,472 students, which slightly surpasses the previous peak school enrollment. For many years, projections showed that enrollment would be going down, but so far Hopkinton only experienced a slight dip in numbers between 2010-2014.  This year the largest classes are in the Middle and High Schools, with the largest  grade this year being grade 6 at 307 students. Grades 11 and 12 are also large with 293 and 294 students respectively. More residential developments at Legacy Farms and Hopkinton Mews are expected in the coming years.  More detail is available in the links provided below.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) had originally certified an enrollment number of 355 K-1 students for the Center School building project. However, since that time Center School’s enrollment has been higher than expected and in December Dr. MacLeod prepared a presentation to the MSBA requesting that the number be increased, where she showed that, according to NESDEC, Center School’s average projected K-1 enrollment for the next 10 years is 430 students.

The Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) recently met with the MSBA and they have now increased the enrollment certification for the Center School building project to 395 students.  The Superintendent and ESBC have expressed that they are comfortable with the 395 number even though Center School currently has 445 students. If needed, class sizes could be increased slightly to accommodate extra students without compromising the educational program. According to ESBC Vice-Chair Mike Shepard, the new design for the Center School solution will be flexible and will have the expansion potential of adding 2-4 classrooms at a later date if needed.

Links and Documents for More Info:

Year# of Students
2008-093452
2009-103462
2010-113454
2011-123414
2012-133411
2013-143459
2014-15 - Oct. 20143462
2014-15 - Mar. 20153472
2015-163442
2016-173418
2017-183426
2018-193433
2019-203432
2020-213418

School Enrollment at Peak

Hopkinton Middle School and High School

At the October 2 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Dr MacLeod presented the annual school enrollment as of October 1. The enrollment for this year is currently at 3,462 students, or 36 students more than NESDEC‘s projection. This makes 2014-15 tied with 2009-10 as the district’s all time highest total enrollment year. Additional students may enroll during the year as the Legacy Farms development gradually comes online. Residential developments at Hopkinton Mews and Crossroads Redevelopment are also expected in the coming years. This year the largest classes are in the Middle and High Schools, with the largest  grade this year being grade 6 at 307 students. Grades 11 and 12 are also large with 293 and 294 students respectively. More detail is available in the links provided below.

Year# of Students
2008-093,452
2009-103,462
2010-113,454
2011-123,414
2012-133,411
2013-143,459
2014-153,462
2015-163,295
2016-173,239
2017-183,222
2018-193,196

School Enrollment Up 47 More Students than Projected this Year

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At the June 20, 2013 School Committee meeting the non-profit New England School Development Council (NESDEC) presented detailed school enrollment projections which predicted a total enrollment of 3,412 in grades Pre-K-12 for the 2013-14 school year. Later at the October 17 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Dr MacLeod presented the actual school enrollment as of October 1. The actual enrollment for this year is currently 3,459 students, or 47 students more than NESDEC’s projection made just four months ago. This makes 2013-14 the second highest total enrollment year, topped only by the 2009-10 school year which had slightly more at 3,462 total students.  Additional students may enroll during the year as the Legacy Farms development gradually comes online.  The largest two grades this year are grade 5 with 305 students and grade 12 with 300 students. More detail is available in the links provided below.

Enrollment Update – 3rd Grade Now Surpasses Grade 8 as the Largest “Bubble” Year

At its October 6 meeting the School Committee reviewed final enrollment data for the current school year. Grade 3 is now the largest class in Hopkinton with 298 students, surpassing Grade 8, which had been the largest group last year when those students were in Grade 7. Other large classes include Grade 8 at 295 students and Grade 10 at 290 students. Hopkinton’s total enrollment is 3,414 this year, down 40 students from last year, which is likely in part due to a smaller number of full-day Kindergarten classes offered at Center School this year. As reported in a recent Educate Hopkinton blog, Hopkinton’s overall enrollment numbers are projected to remain steady over the next several years. Although there are slight increases and decreases from year-to-year there is no significant downward or upward trend. From 2004-2018 enrollments range from a low of 3,306 to a high of 3,462, just a 4% difference over a 15-year time-frame. Click here for an updated enrollment chart.

Enrollment in Hopkinton Schools Remains Flat, No Significant Decrease is Expected

Educate Hopkinton has created a chart of enrollment data from a variety of public documents, which we have recently posted to our website. Although there are slight increases and decreases from year-to-year there is no significant downward or upward trend. From 2004-2018 enrollments range from a low of 3,306 to a high of 3,462, just a 4% difference over a 15-year time-frame. The last time we had fewer than 3,306 students in our district was during the 2003-2004 school year. http://www.educatehopkinton.com/pdf/Hopkinton_Schools_Enrollment_Data_09-30-11.pdf

Hopkinton Compared to Districts that are Similar Based on Grade Configuration, District Wealth and Enrollment

Educate Hopkinton has compiled a chart of district comparison data for your reference, which we have recently posted to our website. School districts that are similar to Hopkinton include: Belmont, Burlington, Canton, Duxbury, Holliston, Marblehead, Medfield, Scituate, Sharon, Westborough and Westwood. While Hopkinton is very similar to these towns, one statistic that stood out was that 23% of Hopkinton’s population is children enrolled in the public schools, in many similar towns a much smaller percentage of the population was enrolled in the schools, this may be because they have more residents without school-age children or may be because more children in those towns attend private schools. Only Medfield had a higher percentage with 24% of its population enrolled in the public schools. http://www.educatehopkinton.com/pdf/Hopkinton_Compared_to_Similar_Districts_09-25-11.pdf