More students are entering the Madison school district from other districts and fewer are leaving for other districts, according to the district’s annual report on open enrollment. Both first time leavers and the overall number of students leaving the district decreased this year.
The school board received the good news at a meeting in November. A report also highlighted an increase in students entering the district through open enrollment. The report shows the most common grades for those entering through open enrollment are 4K, 11th and 12th grade. This school year, 365 students entered Madison schools through open enrollment. That’s an increase of 49 students from the previous year.
Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said this positive news on enrollment may have something to do with the district’s overall progress and momentum. She said the district communicated directly with 4K families, held informational sessions, worked directly with the realtor’s association and worked with specific schools to ensure families get the information they need to make decisions about where to send their children to school.
A recent survey on open enrollment showed those entering Madison schools through open enrollment do so because of preference, challenging/well-rounded curriculum, academic environment, attending school with friends and proximity.
The district listed work on communication and recruitment with a focus on 4K, kindergarten and high school as part of its next steps and strategies for enrollment.