AUSTIN - The Austin Independent School District saw another year over year decrease in the total number of students in the district at the beginning of the school year, but the enrollment numbers did exceed projections for the first time in three years.
According to AISD, enrollment numbers exceeded the projection for the school year by 548 students. The total enrollment for AISD for the 2016-2017 school year stands at 83,238 at the end of the first six weeks of school.
Put another way, the district exceeded its projection for students in the current school year, but the projection was a decline in the student population to start.
"With graduation rates at an all-time high and SAT and ACT scores that exceed the state and national average, it's an exciting time for all 83,238 of our students," AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz said in a statement.
AISD said the breakdown of students was: 21,238 in high schools; 16,054 in middle schools; 45,460 in elementary schools; and 486 in special/separate campuses. The district also said 1,434 applications for out-of-district transfers.
Overall, since the 2014-2015 school year, AISD has seen student population decline from 85,094 to 83,238, a drop of more than 1,800 students.