The official 2015-16 enrollment numbers are now available, and confirm that Falls Church City Schools grew more slowly than expected this year.FCCPS Student Enrollment The increase in full-time K-12 students was 2%, up from 2410 last year to 2458.25 this year, which is well under the 2505 students that had been predicted by the University of Virginia (a growth rate of 3.94%). That our schools are growing more slowly is good news.
Those numbers exclude Pre-Kindergarten, because UVA hasn’t projected those numbers, and because Pre-K is not mandatory for all students. With the completion of Jessie Thackrey, the number of Pre-Kindergarten grew from 45 to 57 students. However, that degree of growth will not continue.
FCCPS this year has also begun to include “all students” and not just “full-time students” in the published enrollment totals. For budgetary purposes that makes sense, because these students also affect school costs. Taking these students into account, the K-12 growth rate was only 1.85%, because the number of students who are not full-time actually fell this year.
If you add this all up, and include Pre-K even though its growth is somewhat artificial and will not continue, the total school student enrollment grew from 2477 to 2534, which is a growth rate of 2.3%, well below projections.