Moorhead Area Public Schools had 6,987 students in grades K-12 report for school Sept. 4, which continues the recent trend of high enrollment, said Superintendent Brandon Lunak.
This is 286 students more than last year’s opening enrollment. The number of students in the district will fluctuate over the next few weeks before stabilizing in October and November, according to historical trends.
Over the past five years the district has added more than 1,000 students. The most significant increase is in the elementary enrollment. Last year Dorothy Dodds Elementary School for grades K-4 and Horizon Middle School West Campus for grades 5-6 opened.
“Of significance this year is that one year after two new schools opened our K-4 elementary schools have reached one section short of section capacity,” Luank said. “We have additional capacity for elementary students within the classroom sections at each of the four schools, but we have nearly reached our capacity for adding classroom sections. This means conversations will be underway to discuss options for the future.”