Although final figures won’t be in for another week, the number of students enrolled in the Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools this year is slightly higher than projected, board members were told Monday night.

As of mid-September, actual enrollment stood at 7,367, or 34 more students than the 7,333 students projected before the current school year began.

The growth comes despite a small decrease in the number of students enrolling in kindergarten, according to Peter Godard, the district’s chief data officer.  Nevertheless, he added, all general education enrollments are currently within the board-approved class size guidelines.


Last year, officials were faced with a dramatic increase in enrollments at the Lincoln Elementary School, at Main Street and Forest Avenue. Since then, the district has taken steps to encourage Lincoln parents to enroll their children at adjacent neighborhood schools and the district’s two magnet schools.

This resulted in a decline of 67 students at that school, when compared with projections. It was the only school with a negative variance of more than 10 students from projections.

Other schools showing a decrease from projections were Dawes, 2; Kingsley, 6; Haven, 5; Oakton, 3; Orrington, 3; and Willard, 3.

Several schools showed gains of more than 10 from projections. They included Dewey, 37; Walker, 14; Washington, 15; Chute, 32; and King Lab, 15.

Only three grade levels registered fewer students than projected. These included kindergarten, 14; second grade, 14; and fifth grade, 5.

Gains were higher than projected in seventh grade, 20; third grade, 19, eighth grade, 13; fourth grade, 11; sixth grade, 3; and first grade, 1.

Godard cautioned that the enrollment figures change almost daily, as families move into and out of Evanston. The official opening-of-schools-report, expected to be released in November, will show enrollments as of Sept. 30.

At the beginning of the meeting Monday night, Superintendent Paul Goren paid tribute to Jeremy Rielley, a physical education teacher at Dawes and Orrington schools, who took first place honors in the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, held Aug. 30.

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Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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