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Richfield Enrollment Numbers Go Up

What do you credit for the increase? Why are so many students still opting out of Richfield Public Schools? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Richfield Public Schools are able to celebrate a little win this school year.

For the first time in six years, the district was able to hold on to more students than it lost through open enrollment opportunities.

According to a the Sun Current, the district saw a net gain of 119 students due to open enrollment this school year. There were 454 district residents opting to attend school elsewhere, while 573 students living outside the district chose to attend Richfield schools. Over the last 10 years the district has had net losses of as many as 104 students, the article said.

Offering all-day kindergarten, availability of two choice schools (Richfield Dual Language and S.T.E.M.) and free transportation to any of the schools regardless of where the child lives, are a few of things school officials credit for the rise.

Read the full Sun Current article here.

The enrollment numbers are a welcome sight after the school board having to navigate through some tough spots over the past couple years. From what seemed like a revolving door for principals at the high school to controversial baseball lights to a failed referendum, an enrollment increase shows faith in the district.

So, Patch asks: What do you credit for the enrollment increase? Why do you think students choose to attend schools elsewhere? Why have you chosen to stay or leave the district? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Will January 22, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I think it has to do with the dedication the district has shown to improving the district by starting with the elementary schools. They made smart decisions by making the adjustments needed to make our district more attractive. It would be interesting to see where we are drawing students from and which schools they are attending in the district. I think the school district needs to continue to communicate the efforts that have been made to improve the schools and they will need to soon make a decision on how to expand the STEM and DL options to Middle School and High School. I believe we will see the number of students leaving the district decrease.
Kirsten January 22, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I also wonder where students open enroll from, and if they stay in Richfield through 12th grade. I wonder if a lot come from Minneapolis because Richfield has free all day kindergarten, and then go back to their own district for 1st grade? Just curious.

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