Hopkins School Enrollment Dips Below 7,000 Students

The ongoing decline is likely a result of changing demographics and open enrollment trends.

Hopkins school district enrollment dropped below 7,000 students for the first time in recent years—likely the result of demographics and a narrowing open enrollment gap.

The Oct. 1 fall seat count fell 2.1 percent this year—a 151-student decline from 7,105 students in the 2011-12 school year to 6,954 in 2012-13, according to numbers discussed at Thursday’s School Board meeting.

Much of that loss comes because more students are graduating than entering the district. The district counted 116 more high school seniors than kindergarteners.

Those numbers likely reflect a larger trend called “aging in place.” Couples who might have once left their homes for smaller residences when their children left are keeping their homes longer. That makes it harder for families with school-age children to move into the district.

Open enrollment has helped to keep the drop-off from being so steep, and this year Hopkins saw a 3.18 percent increase in the number of students from outside the district enrolling in Hopkins schools.

But even though open enrollment into the district has been growing, it hasn’t lately been growing as fast as open enrollment out of the district. While numbers aren’t yet available on open enrollment out of the district, Hopkins saw net declines in open enrollment in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Numbers are estimated to have fallen 26 percent between 2007-08 and 2011-12.


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coach joe January 14, 2013 at 07:55 PM
I also had 1 graduate in 2008,and i have a son who is a senior this year,as for my other 2 children they are attending a different school as of last year,Trust me when i say i know what's going on at the high school.(on a daily basis). I'm not here to debate with you a ton of issues about this school, i am posting facts and concerns as a parent.Time will tell my feelings towards this school were true. Athough i wasn't going to try to change anything, we just did what we had to do.(find another school)
Mark Jones January 14, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Joe, I am sorry you felt the need to take your students out of the school, that must have been a difficult decision for you. That being said my experience as a parent has been very different and very positive. However I do have a concern when you put out facts in a public forum which are inaccurate. Here are facts you cited other than those relating to your own family and its relationship with the school discrict. 1) There are almost weekly automated phone calls about violence in the schools. NOT TRUE I verified this with Hopkins High School Communications. Total of 3 calls all year - one was relating to quelling a rumour for an incident that did not occur, one relating to a firecracker thrown in poor judgement. In addition with the ability to send out automated phone calls and the terrible school massacre that has happened, the school district is much more likely to keep parents in the loop on any minor incidents like this than it did in the past. 2) Crime has spiked on campus. NO EVIDENCE Please offer evidence other than hearsay for this questionable fact. 3) 8th graders cannot go to High School Football games unaccompanied. TRUE - I assume this to be true although I would be unlikely to drop my 8th grader of at a high school game without me being present or another parent. 4) 47% of students are F&R lunch/Sports Scholarships. TRUE - I assume
coach joe January 14, 2013 at 08:47 PM
As i said mark i am not going into a debate with you,I stated crime has spiked AROUND the campus not ON the campus,Look up police reports for yourself.How many phone calls are ok due to violence?3,4,5,6,7,what's the cut off? Please read my posts before you start posting your opinions. I'm not angry at the school or you mark,i'm posting facts.I do not have to prove anything to you or anyone else.
James Warden January 14, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Y'all may be interested in this story I just posted about open enrollment: "Open Enrollment Isn’t Making Hopkins School More Segregated" While it’s segregating white students from minority students in neighboring districts, it’s actually diversifying Hopkins. http://hopkins.patch.com/articles/open-enrollment-isn-t-making-hopkins-school-more-segregated
coach joe January 15, 2013 at 04:54 PM
The Choice was mine also when i didn't have 2 dimes to rub together after having to help support my mother instead of going to college. The Choice was mine when i worked all the overtime i could get my hands on and saving as much as i could for years. The choice was mine when i got ahead,met a girl and had a good enough income to have children and move to minnetonka.(#270). The choice is mine to still work very hard daily to allow them to play sports and attend activities. As a parent involed with fundraising for club or school sports it's getting to the point where i have a problem. To see a parent drive up and drop thier child off in a new SUV drinking Starbucks and wearing nicer clothes then i can afford while being sponsored does not sit well. I know this is not every sponsored child,but there are way to many. Asking for volunteer help from most of these parents don't work. The Choice is now mine to drive my children to another school at my own expense for a better education. Hopkins has set a much lower standard to accomodate The Choice.


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