2 Fremont County School Districts see increased enrollment; all others down

(Fremont County, WY) – The Wyoming Department of Education released enrollment numbers for all of Wyoming’s 48 school districts today, December 21st.

Comparing numbers to the 2019-20 school year, Fremont County School Districts #2 (Dubois), and #38 (Arapahoe) are the only two of our 8 local districts to see increased enrollment for the 2020-21 school year.

Our two largest school districts #25 (Riverton) and #1 (Lander) saw the most significant number decrease – both well over 100 students.

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You can find the Fremont County Historical Enrollment by Grade by District details provided by the WDE here.

Across the Cowboy State, public schools lost a total of 1,894 students within the 48 school districts. Enrollment dropped from 93,832 students in the 2019-20 school year to 91,938 during the 2020-21 school year – the first time enrollment has dipped below 92,000 students since 2012, according to WDE.

Wyoming school districts that saw the largest increases in enrollment offer statewide virtual education programs:

  • Niobrara County School District #1 with a 76.8% increase, or 607 students.
  • Park County School District  #16 with a 75.5% increase, or 74 students.
  • Big Horn County School District #1 with a 68.1% increase, or 729 students.

“Wyoming had a structure in place to offer full-time virtual education to students before the COVID-19 pandemic began,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “I am proud of Wyoming educators for their commitment to offering in-person instruction and I’m grateful that parents and families had a range of public, home, virtual, and private options.”

The Wyoming Department of Education has prepared the following reports that break down the enrollment statistics:

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This data was gathered from all school districts throughout the state in a snapshot performed on October 1, 2020. The agency does not collect numbers of students enrolled in home or private school.

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