FARGO – Fargo’s public schools saw 11,047 students come in the doors on Thursday for the first day of school, 190 more students than last year, the school district reported.
Schools south of Main Avenue saw the bulk of the district’s growth, while the secondary schools north of Main, Ben Franklin Middle School and North High School, both saw significant losses in student numbers, first-day enrollment figures show.
That tracks closely with predictions by a consultant, Superintendent Jeff Schatz said.
“We’re looking at this type of growth for the next five years,” Schatz said.
The central city elementary buildings saw the most growth. Lewis and Clark Elementary had 585 students, up 45 from last fall. Lincoln Elementary had 429 students, up 36 from last year. The paired Clara Barton/Hawthorne had 415 students, up 25 from last year. While Jefferson Elementary had 337 students, down nine from last year.
North side elementary schools were up 50 students. Washington Elementary had 339 students, up 19 from last fall. Longfellow Elementary had 369 students, up 17. The paired Horace Mann/Roosevelt schools had 342 students, up 16. And McKinley Elementary had 199 students, up 13.