The San Diego Unified School District released official enrollment numbers earlier this month with a slight decline in the current school year from the 2011-12 school year. However, nearly seven percent of that total decline came from the five public schools in La Jolla.
Muirlands Middle School enrollment was down 61 students and La Jolla High School another 54 students from last year, according to SDUSD enrollment figures. All three elementary schools–Bird Rock, La Jolla and Torrey Pines–saw small declines as well.
These five schools in La Jolla saw a loss of 122 students from last year.
In comparison, SDUSD reported that district-run schools had 115,499 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, which were counted on the fourth Friday of the school year, down by 1,827 from 2011.
Total enrollment was off just 497 from projections made in the spring. By coming close to projections, the district will avoid layoffs of classified staff, although some teaching and non-teaching employees may have to change schools due to enrollment fluctuations, the district reported.
"It's important in these trying budget times that we have a stable and smooth opening of our schools," said Superintendent Bill Kowba in an announcement earlier this month. "By coming very close to projections, it means we can concentrate on putting the staff where they need to be."
Enrollment at La Jolla Public SchoolsSchool Sept. 2012 Sept. 2011 Loss in 2012 Bird Rock Elementary 531 534 -3 La Jolla Elementary 635 637 -2 La Jolla High 1,544 1,598 -54 Muirlands Middle 1,031 1,092 -61 Torrey Pines Elementary 473 477 - 4 TOTAL 4,214 4,338 -124