The official enrollment numbers from Rocky Mountain School District 6 are not due to be sent to the Ministry until September 30, but an unofficial head count shows that the ten plus year trend of declining numbers has not quite ended.
What everyone is waiting to see is a head count that shows a kindergarten class entering the system that is larger than the Grade 12 class graduating.
That is not happening this year. District-wide, the numbers are down 100 students from last year. There are 3,004 full time equivalent students this year, down from 3,104.75 last.
In Kimberley, there are 14 fewer FTE students than last year, with 1,004 enrolled. International students will put that number up by 80 students. That’s down from 1,018.625 last year, but up from up from 988.275 in 2010.
However, only 85 students are heading to kindergarten and 109 will graduate this year. But that kindergarten count is 15 students higher than last year when only 70 students enrolled for their first year of school in Kimberley.
Across the district kindergarten classes are higher in numbers than Grade 1.
Kimberley breaks down as follows (keeping in mind these are preliminary numbers): 85 kindergarten; 70 Grade 1, 68 Grade 2; 76 Grade 3; 70 Grade 4; 65 Grade 5; 69 Grade 6; 71 Grade 7; 77 Grade 8; 98 Grade 9; 108 Grade 10; 117 Grade 11 and 109 Grade 12. Total enrollment at Selkirk is 417; McKim is 275; Marysville 150 and Lindsay Park 149.