Declining School Enrollment
School districts across the region are looking for new solutions, as Connecticut's student enrollment declines. By 2025, the student population in Connecticut is projected to decline by nearly 10 percent to 631,241 students.
GALLERIES: Declining School Enrollment
A bar graph illustrating enrollment at Preston's elementary and middle schools over the past 45 years resembles the first deep dive in a roller coaster ride followed by a gentle incline, another drop and a hint at a new rise to come.
The school-age population in Salem is projected to decline by nearly 30 percent in the next 10 years, but school and district administrators say the solution is more complicated than reducing the budget to match enrollment.
MORE STORIES: Declining School Enrollment
In the face of declining enrollment, Lyme-Old Lyme school officials are trying an approach typically uncommon among most public schools districts: marketing to attract new students and families and retain current ones.
With North Stonington’s school-age population slated to drop significantly over the next 10 years, administrators in one of the smallest school districts in the state hope to maintain the charms of their small-town school.
While communities across the state grapple with how to handle declining student enrollments over the coming decade, Stonington Superintendent of Schools Van Riley also sees an opportunity to not only promote the variety of opportunities available at the high school but expand offerings for all students.