Newly released audited enrollment data for the District’s public schools (both DCPS and public charter) for school year 2021-22 show that enrollment stands at 94,532 students: almost the same as last year. Enrollment in high school is up by 7 percent, while adult learner enrollment rebounded from last year’s dip, growing by 8 percent. Enrollment in early grades (pre-kindergarten and elementary) declined, continuing last year’s trend.
Looking by cohort (for example, the PK3 students last year who moved up to PK4 this year), we see increases for PK4 and kindergarten, but most other grades saw students drop off between last year and this year. One notable exception is grade 9, but it is difficult to interpret this data because grade 9 historically has a larger enrollment compared to other grades.
For more information, see osse.dc.gov/enrollment.