Enrollment in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District is expected to continue to drop slightly over the next five years.
“This trend is expected,” said Tony Taschner, communications director for District 196. “Enrollment goes in 30 year cycles.”
District officials predict that enrollment will fall by 648 students from 27,168 students in October 2012 to 26,520 in October 2017.
Enrollment has gradually declined in District 196 since 2006.
Although district officials expect overall enrollment to drop, elementary enrollment is expected to increase by 1.85 percent in October 2013 to 11,757 students.
Most of this growth is expected to occur in the eastern and southern portion of the district where housing developments are in the works.
While enrollment continues to drop, the student body in District 196 has become increasingly diverse.
Minority students currently represent 28.1 percent of total enrollment, which is 1.7 percent higher from 2011-12 and more than double the 13.7 percent from 10 years ago. Of this year’s student body, 11.1 percent of students are Black (up 0.8 percent); 9 percent are Asian (up 0.4 percent); 7.2 percent are Hispanic (up 0.6 percent) and 0.9 percent are American Indian (same as last year). White students represent 71.9 percent of enrollment, a 1.7 percent decrease compared to last year.