Madison schools project continued decline in enrollment

The Madison School District has fewer students this year than it did last year, and the Madison School Board was informed on Dec. 5 that the trend is likely to continue for at least the next five years, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

The culprit is a nationwide declining birth rate that is being exacerbated by an increase in students open enrolling out of the district.

According to this year’s third-Friday count, the district had 256 fewer students enrolled than last school year. 4K was the only grade level to see an increase in enrollment with 103 more students.

Between the number of students open enrolling out of and into the school district, the district has seen a net loss of 174 students since last year, its worst decrease in the past five years.

The Monona Grove School District has been the most frequent beneficiary of Madison students open enrolling out of the district, and the Verona School District saw the largest increase in those leaving Madison this year, according to school district figures.