Wilmington School Enrollment Does NOT Rebound, Declines At High School & Middle School Continue Despite Return To In-Person Learning

WILMINGTON, MA — At the most recent Wilmington School Committee meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand provided an update on the district’s 2021-2022 student enrollment figures, providing good news at the elementary level, but bad news at the secondary level.

“Our overall in-district enrollment PreK-12 at this time is 2,869 students in comparison to 2,889 in Fiscal Year 2021,” said Brand. “Enrollment at the PreK-5 level increased by 4.9% between Fiscal Year 2021 (1360) and Fiscal Year 2022 (1427). Enrollment at the 6-12 level decreased by 5.8% between Fiscal Year 2021 (1626) and FY22 (1385).”

Brand noted it is becoming increasingly more difficult to predict future enrollment at Wilmington High School given “the volatility of student retention rates moving from eight to ninth grade grade.”

The high school is currently undergoing a program review to ensure the school is best serving the students of Wilmington. The review is considering graduation requirements and comparable course offerings and student schedules of other nearby high schools.

At a previous School Committee meeting, members encouraged such a review, hoping to discover data to explain why an increasing number of students — even pre-pandemic — were opting for the Shawsheen Tech or private school in 9th grade rather than remain enrolled in Wilmington Public Schools.

Overall enrollment is down approximately 11% (3165 vs. 2812) since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

PreK-5 Enrollment Over The Years

  • School Year 2010-2011 — 1808
  • School Year 2011-2012 — 1758
  • School Year 2012-2013 — 1729
  • School Year 2013-2014 — 1746
  • School Year 2014-2015 — 1677
  • School Year 2015-2016 — 1623
  • School Year 2016-2017 — 1632
  • School Year 2017-2018 — 1632
  • School Year 2018-2019 — 1587
  • School Year 2019-2020 — 1539
  • School Year 2020-2021 — 1360
  • School Year 2021-2022 — 1427

6-8 Enrollment Over The Years

  • School Year 2010-2011 — 944
  • School Year 2011-2012 — 897
  • School Year 2012-2013 — 891
  • School Year 2013-2014 — 851
  • School Year 2014-2015 — 841
  • School Year 2015-2016 — 872
  • School Year 2016-2017 — 869
  • School Year 2017-2018 — 836
  • School Year 2018-2019 — 781
  • School Year 2019-2020 — 818
  • School Year 2020-2021 — 715
  • School Year 2021-2022 — 684

9-12 Enrollment Over The Years

  • School Year 2010-2011 — 980
  • School Year 2011-2012 — 965
  • School Year 2012-2013 — 937
  • School Year 2013-2014 — 925
  • School Year 2014-2015 — 930
  • School Year 2015-2016 — 879
  • School Year 2016-2017 — 892
  • School Year 2017-2018 — 862
  • School Year 2018-2019 — 830
  • School Year 2019-2020 — 808
  • School Year 2020-2021 — 756
  • School Year 2021-2022 — 701

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