DPSCD enrollment increases for the first time in 15 years

District projects $11M per pupil increase over adopted budget

DETROIT – October 26, 2017 – Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti today announced a 3.8 percent increase (1,808) in student enrollment over budget projection, Detroit Public School Community District’s (DPSCD’s) first enrollment increase since the 2002 – 2003 school year. Last year the district’s enrollment was 45,500 during the Fall Count. Today, it is over 50,100 students.

“There are few indicators more important than enrollment to determine the health of a district because it reflects the intentional decision on the part of parents to place their children where they believe they will receive the best education,” said Superintendent Vitti. “This increase is far from the final step to rebuilding our district but it indicates we have positive momentum.”

In addition, more than 1,650 students entered the district from charter schools in September. This year also saw the lowest exodus of students to charter schools in 4 years.  The district also saw a reduced number of students leave for surrounding districts, and saw an increase in the number returning.

The fall count period concluded on October 18 with 49,758 Full-time Equivalency (FTE) students in grades K-12. The district’s budget was based upon a figure of 47,950 FTEs, which translates into an approximately $11 million increase in per pupil funding for the district.

The increase in per pupil funding allows the district to ensure financial stability and begin the process of realigning its organization and budget to the new Strategic Plan, with a particular focus on expanding school programming, increasing teacher salaries, and enhancing training for all employees.

Schools that saw the most significant increases are:

  • Ronald Brown Academy (172)
  • Mumford (127)
  • Noble Elementary-Middle School (109)
  • John R. King Academy of Performing Arts (85)
  • Western International High School (77)

The district’s per pupil funding is based upon two FTE counts, one in the fall and one in the winter. DPSCD receives 90 percent of its state allocation based upon the fall count and 10 percent based upon the previous winter count. At the end of each count period, FTE figures are submitted to the state for an official audit.


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