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School enrollment numbers showing big increase

By Matt Montgomery

The number of students enrolled in Oklahoma public schools has increased for the 2013-14 school year. The total enrollment of students attending public schools in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 is 681,578. That is an increase of 8,388 students from 673,190 in 2012-13 enrollment and 27,036 more than in 2009, five years ago.

“Because of this sharp growth in enrollment over the past five years,” said state Superintendent Janet Barresi, “I have asked for additional funding for schools from the state Legislature. I’m pleased that even in a tight revenue year, Gov. Fallin has proposed a significant increase for K-12 education.

“Additional funding certainly isn’t the sole answer, but we are working to ensure that common education receives as much funding as possible given fiscal realities. I also continue to ask local school boards and administrators to do their best to get dollars to the classroom so our teachers are better equipped to teach this growing number of students.”

Piedmont Schools Superintendent James White acknowledged that Piedmont Schools’ enrollment numbers have increased as well.

Over the past year, our enrollment has grown by almost 200 students,” White said. “This growth has been a trend in our district for the last several years, and it is a pattern that we anticipate continuing in the future.”

With Piedmont’s population at about 6,800, nearly have of the population of Piedmont is comprised of students. The difference of students enrolled is 3,280 in 2013 and 3,093 in 2012. ”Our school district provides a well-rounded and quality education to each student,” White said. “And this effort is reflected in the increased enrollment.

Annual enrollment numbers come from the Oct. 1 enrollment count taken annually by every public school district and charter school site in the state as received by the State Department of Education’s accreditation office. Results are then certified.

Oklahoma’s student population is 52 percent white, 15 percent Hispanic, 15 percent American Indian or Alaskan Native, 9 percent black, 7 percent “two or more races” and 2 percent Asian, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, according to the 2013-14 data.

The three largest school districts in the state remain Oklahoma City Public Schools with 45,717 students, Tulsa with 41,115 and Edmond with 23,020. Moore, Putnam City, Broken Arrow, Norman, Union, Lawton and Midwest City-Del City round out the top 10.

All 10 districts made up the same list last year, although some have changed ranking.

Piedmont Schools Superintendent James White

Piedmont’s enrollment numbers for 2013-14 by school are as follows: Piedmont Elementary-428; Piedmont Primary-233; Stone Ridge-393; Northwood-451; Piedmont Intermediate-486; Piedmont Middle School-510; Piedmont High School-773.


  1. Vernon Woods says:

    Concerning the statement ‘With Piedmont’s population at about 6,800, nearly have of the population of Piedmont is comprised of students.’ I have serious doubts that Mr. White quoted this. First, I assume the reporter meant ‘half’ instead of ‘have’. Second, the statement that ‘half’ of the population of Piedmont is comprised of students indicates a further lack of knowledge concerning the boundaries of our city. In fact, the Piedmont school district is about twice as large in area as the city of Piedmont. I do not have access to actual figures, but the number houses being constructed inside OKC as compared to inside Piedmont indicates that the great majority of the increased student population comes from outside of Piedmont city. In fact, I would be interested to know the percentage of students that currently reside within the Piedmont city limits as compared to those residing outside of Piedmont.

  2. kate kearby says:

    We’ve been trying to get the papers to do an article about the difference between Piedmont City Limits, Piedmont School District, Piedmont zip code (used for a lot of things like real estate avg cost of homes) and the Piedmont AREA Chamber of Commerce.

    A great time to do that with the changes in the Ward boundaries they could get that straight also. I noted another article said Bobby Williamson was the Ward 4 representative. I lived in Ward 2 last year, didn’t know that changed that much?

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