Index: Education / Subcategory: K-12

Enrollment in Public, Home-Based and Non-Public Schools

Date updated: 04/23/2013

Public schools are funded by tax dollars, while private funding (including tuition) supports non-public schools. Parochial schools are included in the non-public school data presented on this page. In Colorado home schooling is classified as any curriculum taught within the home environment. The Colorado Department of Education posts enrollment data regarding all pre-kindergarten (PK) through twelfth grade students.

What this chart shows: K-12 Enrollment by School Type in Larimer County, 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

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What the above data tell us:

In 2012-13, the majority of K-12 students in Larimer County were enrolled in public schools (91.9%), followed by non-public school enrollment (6.8%). Home-based and online schooling combined accounted for 1.2% of K-12 students.

What this chart shows: Home-Based Enrollment in Larimer County School Districts, 2003-04 to 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

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What the above data tell us:

Between 2010-11 and 2011-12, home-based enrollment in Thompson School District dropped from 347 to 45. According to district staff, the reason for this sharp decline was the method used for collection. In 2011-12, all previous registrations were cleared from the system and only those who registered during the year were included. In previous years, homeschooled students were carried forward from year to year.

What this chart shows: Non-Public School Enrollment in Larimer County School Districts, 2003-04 to 2012-13

Note: 2001-02 was the last year Park School District reported any Non-Public School Enrollment

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

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What the above data tell us:

During the last ten years, growth in non-public school enrollment within Thompson School District was mostly due to an increase in enrollment at Resurrection Christian School and Immanuel Lutheran School. Fluctuations in non-public enrollment reflect increases and decreases in reporting, as well as school openings and closures.

Park School District stopped reporting any non-public enrollment after 2001, although there is one non-public school in the district. Non-public schools that receive no public funds are not required to report enrollment data; therefore some do and some do not. Eagle Rock School in Estes Park is a non-public school which does not report data to the Colorado Department of Education.

What this chart shows: Public School Enrollment in Larimer County School Districts, 2003-04 to 2012-13

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

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What the above data tell us:

Over the last ten years, overall enrollment in Larimer County's public schools increased 9.2%. Poudre School District saw the largest increase (12.1%), followed by Thompson School District (6.8%). In comparison, Park School District lost 16.3% of its student body in the last decade.

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Data Tables:

Total K-12 Enrollment by Schooling Setting in Larimer County

Public Total

% of Total

Non-Public Total

% of Total

Home-Based Total

% of Total

Online Total

% of Total

2008-09

42,478

91.3%

3,285

7.1%

730

1.6%

18

0.04%

2009-10

42,955

91.9%

3,137

6.7%

602

1.3%

42

0.09%

2010-11

43,392

91.7%

3,033

6.4%

715

1.5%

158

0.33%

2011-12

44,340

91.9%

3,292

6.8%

410

0.8%

204

0.42%

2012-13

45,090

91.9%

3,345

6.8%

406

0.8%

202

0.41%

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Home-Based Enrollment in Larimer County School Districts

Year

Poudre

Thompson

Park

Total

2003-04

336

268

26

630

2004-05

282

299

14

595

2005-06

301

274

15

590

2006-07

269

310

12

591

2007-08

253

427

18

698

2008-09

297

426

7

730

2009-10

324

273

5

602

2010-11

354

347

14

715

2011-12

351

45

14

410

2012-13

258

138

10

406

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Non-Public School Enrollment*

Year

Poudre

Thompson

Total

2003-04

1,321

1,635

2,956

2004-05

1,299

1,653

2,952

2005-06

1,340

1,637

2,977

2006-07

1,309

1,654

2,963

2007-08

1,512

1,754

3,266

2008-09

1,499

1,786

3,285

2009-10

1,321

1,816

3,137

2010-11

1,260

1,773

3,033

2011-12

1,227

2,065

3,292

2012-13

1,283

2,062

3,345

* 2001-02 was the last year Park School District reported any Non-Public School Enrollment

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Public School Enrollment in Larimer County School Districts

Year

Poudre

Thompson

Park

Total

2003-04

24,891

15,027

1,361

41,279

2004-05

25,000

15,030

1,260

41,290

2005-06

25,216

15,108

1,265

41,589

2006-07

25,430

15,310

1,272

42,012

2007-08

25,610

15,305

1,206

42,121

2008-09

25,960

15,332

1,186

42,478

2009-10

26,520

15,225

1,210

42,955

2010-11

26,923

15,310

1,159

43,392

2011-12

27,510

15,655

1,175

44,340

2012-13

27,909

16,042

1,139

45,090

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