Sacramento city school enrollment falls by 600

04/29/2014 4:57 PM

04/30/2014 3:27 PM

Sacramento City Unified schools lost a total of 600 students, or just over 1 percent of its enrollment, from 2012-13 to 2013-14, the largest drop in five years, according to new state figures.

The district has lost 6,500 students in the last 12 years as its residents age and young families increasingly choose to live in the suburbs. Lower enrollment in kindergarten and first grade accounted for most of the decline.

Sacramento City Unified recently closed seven schools, partially in anticipation of continued enrollment declines.

The enrollment losses of the last two years -- 300 last year and 600 this year -- are not quite as bad as the decline of 1,600 students that the district initially projected over that period when it announced the need to close schools. (Update: Spokesman Gabe Ross notes that the district's projections did not include independent charter schools, which are growing. Excluding those schools, Sacramento City Unified lost more than 900 students this year alone.)

Enrollment across the rest of the region was essentially flat from the last school year to this one.

This graphic shows enrollment trends in Sacramento City Unified and city schools that lost more than 20 students from 2012-13 to 2013-14.

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