Public school enrollment up in West Fargo, district remains second largest in state – InForum

WEST FARGO — As expected, enrollment at West Fargo Public School jumped by nearly 400 students on the first day of the 2022-2023 school year, Thursday, August 25.

Health, Safety and Public Relations Director Heather Leas said Thursday the district welcomed 11,504 students at 21 schools in grades 1 through 12 on its first day of classes.

Kindergartens will start school on August 30.

“Although the number may fluctuate between now and then, we currently have 1,245 kindergarten learners enrolled,” Leas said in a statement. “The district also anticipates that 149 learners will start in our early childhood specialty preschool.”

The combined numbers mean West Fargo Schools expects to enroll 12,898 K-12 students at the start of the 2022-23 school year, an increase of 380 students from last year.

In 2020, the first day enrollment of West Fargo Schools was 11,728.

Steady growth at West Fargo Schools of 400 to 500 students each year for at least five years is projected both by internal calculations and by its consultant, RSP and associates. The district overtook Fargo in 2020 to become the second largest school district in the state, second only to Bismarck Public Schools. While West Fargo schools are on track to overtake Bismarck and become the largest school district in North Dakota, they are unlikely to do so this school year.

In March, Bismarck had 13,279 students enrolled in the district and he did not expect that number to drop significantly this fall. While the district also started school on Thursday, at press time it had yet to release its enrollment numbers.

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