DETROIT, MI – The Detroit Public Schools tentatively has surpassed anticipated fall enrollment, according to the district.
As of Tuesday, 51,674 students had attended classes in the district’s 100 schools. The district’s fiscal year budget is based on fall term enrollment of 49,852 students.
The district says attendance was 90 percent Tuesday as 46,668 students made it to class, the Associated Press reports.
Detroit Schools has been pushing to increase enrollment and attendance in all of its schools.
A new automated calling system which notifies families of a student’s absence in even one class each day has logged more than 177,000 calls and 41 attendance agents are addressing truancy.
About 66,000 students attended Detroit schools last fall. That number was down from 104,000 in 2007 and 168,000 in 2000.
“I continue to witness that attitudes are different across our schools this year,” Emergency Manager Roy Roberts said. “This is based on an overall positive direction moving forward, a smooth start operationally and academically for the new school year, a comprehensive effort in late summer aimed at ensuring parent and family readiness for the first day of school, and other new attendance initiatives.”
Along with the automated calling system, some 50 ministers’ wives and widows participated in their new presence mission at DPS schools on Opening Day. Doors knocked on this August by Detroit Parent Network parent organizers and parent volunteers exceeded 2,000, and more than 100 events were covered by DPS enrollment teams during a several-week Back-to-School period. 41 Attendance agents have begun addressing truant children.
Roberts encouraged the parents and guardians of students who have not returned to classes this fall or whose attendance has lagged to act now to take advantage of the instruction taking place at this valuable time of the academic year.
Final count data for the October 3 and upcoming Winter term Count dates and 10-day reporting windows that follow is based on the number of FTE (full-time equivalent) students. The actual FTE could be less than “head count” enrollment, for example, for a high school level student not attending full schedule.