If you thought you’ve been seeing more school-age children on the streets of Evanston lately, there’s a reason, according to enrollment reports released today by the two school systems.

There were some 125 more students on the main campus of Evanston Township High School on Sept. 30 this year and 70 more students served at the Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools than there were on the same date a year ago.

Specifically, District 65 enrollment grew from 7,667 to 7,737, while District 202 increased from 2,961 to 3,086.

The Opening of Schools reports for the two districts were contained in the agenda packets for tonight’s regular meetings of the District 65 and District 202 school boards.

 The ethic distribution among the two school systems is essentially similar. White students represent 43 percent of the student body at District 65, while they are 45 percent at the high school.

Black students are 25 percent of District 65 and 29 percent at the high school. Hispanics are 19 percent of the lower grades and 17 percent of the high school, and Asians are 5 percent in each system. The balance are multi-racial and equal 8 percent at District 65 and 4 percent at ETHS.

Male students outnumber female students by two percentage points in each system, 51 to 49 percent.

District 202 also reported that some 304 students were enrolled in non-public schools, compared with 267 students last year. Most of the 37 additional students were enrolled at either North Shore Country Day or Loyola Academy.

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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  1. Based on the fact that your

    Based on the fact that your enrollment numbers were based on increases from a specific date to the same date one year later, did you take in consideration the many students that joined or left the districts in the middle of the school year?

    1. Proof of Residency not annual any more

      For a while – D65 parents had to personally go in to D65 headquarters every year to prove residency every year – when that occurred, school enrollment dropped.  Parents complained about having to bring in proof every years, so for some time now, parents only are required to bring in proof for kindergarten and sixth grade, or for returned mail.  Returned mail is unreliable as a way of disproving residency.  I am wondering if the less rigorous proof standards has partly led to the increased enrollment. 

      1. Increase in Enrollment & Residency Verification
        Anonymous10, I’ve often wondered about a district’s motivation to verify residency. If they get state and/or federal revenue for each child in their system, they might be inclined to turn a blind eye to registered out-of-district students….

  2. More enrollment at D65 and ETHS

    Clearly you have not been at a Starbucks on any morning on Central Street, Main or Dempster. There is a stroller traffic jam. Just count those delightful kids. Evanston is attracting more and more young families and it shows. While there may be some who are slipping into the schools without official residency, the real reason is that there are simply more K-12 kids living here. The D65 New School Committee — and the leadership at that time — predicted this enrollment increase several years ago and proposed the construction of a new elementary school on one of the few available pieces of public land to accommodate the increase. The good people of Evanston turned down the bond proposal to construct the new school, and now you are complaining about overcrowding. The D65 New School could obviously count…but most wanted to deny it. This is the consequence.

    And on the other speculation that they are adding numbers just to get more state school aid. Not likely since our schools are "out of formula" and do not get the basic allowance for each student. Our tax base generates revenue for the schools that exceeds the threshhold for basic school aid for each child.

    How did you vote when there was time for a strategic plan to address our increasing enrollments?

    1. Patty,


      Our schools are nowhere near being overcrowded. If anything, the schools could be considered undercrowded. It must be terribly boring for teachers with the lack of a challenge by instructing such small classrooms.

      This is not an overcrowding issue. The reason the new school was voted down is because it wasn't needed and the school board fell way short of making their cass. The school board was primarily push a yes vote by saying a certain ward did not have a school in it. That same ward overwhelming vote no. they didn't want to see their property taxes and rents skyrocket.

      I would be willing to bet you there are more than a few students who are illegally attending Evanston schools. Maybe the new super attendant of D65 will look into the families that are stealing an education from Evanston taxpayers.

      Last but not least, your observation about the number of baby buggies parked outside of Starbucks is a real laugher. It has nothing to do with your argument.

      1. Correction

        Super Attendant should be Superintendent. Sorry that I made Paul Goren sound like a fantastically good men's room attendant but I am sure that Mr. Goren would be good with anything he tried.

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