PSD student count outpaces Colorado public school enrollment

This fall, Poudre School District’s total student count increased to 30,463, marking a roughly 1.5 percent increase over the previous school year. 

PSD’s growth outpaced statewide enrollment, which increased 0.1 percent, according to state data released Jan. 24. The district’s total count in the 2017-18 school year was 30,019. 

“Our growing enrollment is a reflection of our thriving community and the talented, hard-working educators in our schools,” PSD Superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser said. 

The total student count is captured each year in October as part of a point-in-time metric set by Colorado to measure public school enrollment. 

PSD’s total figure includes all K-12 students, Early Childhood Education students, students enrolled in PSD-authorized charter schools, and other students enrolled in a variety of district programs.

Charter schools authorized by PSD include Ridgeview Classical Schools, Liberty Common School, Mountain Sage Community School, Fort Collins Montessori School and Compass Community Collaborative School. 

The total student count doesn’t include students enrolled in state-authorized charter schools, parochial schools, and those that fall into various other state categories.

The 30,463 count cements PSD once again as the ninth-largest Colorado school district, in terms of student enrollment. Here is a look at the state's largest school districts and their current enrollment totals:

1.    Denver Public Schools (91,998)
2.    Jefferson County Public Schools (84,623)
3.    Douglas County School District (67,591)
4.    Cherry Creek Schools (55,791)
5.    Aurora Public Schools (39,892)
6.    Adams 12 Five Star Schools (39,282)
7.    St. Vrain Valley School District (32,639)
8.    Boulder Valley School District (31,169)
9.    Poudre School District (30,463)
10.    Colorado Springs School District 11 (26,395)
11.    Academy School District 20 (26,178)
12.    Greeley-Evans School District 6 (22,503)
13.    Falcon School District 49 (22,397)
14.    Mesa County Valley School, District 51 (22,082)
15.    School District 27J (18,712)