Marin County Schools See Declining Enrollment

Marin County schools are taking a beating on the enrollment front.

New data from the Marin County Department of Education shows the number of students enrolled in Marin’s K-12 public schools and the College of Marin has dropped by 1,020 since 2016-17.

“Total countywide enrollment on opening day in 2016-17 was at 38,505, while the first day enrollment total for the current school year was 37,485,” the Marin Independent Journal reports.

One reason? An aging population.

Just 30.4% of Marin households include children, according to Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke. Statewide, the figure is 34%.

The situation isn’t nearly as bad at high schools. Some of them are witnessing an explosion in enrollment.

“Some of our districts have a slight enrollment decline, but others are at full capacity with high demand,” Burke told the Marin Independent Journal. “Our schools are taking steps to make sure that we are providing the very best educational opportunities we can now and into the future.”

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