First Look at CSD’s Enrollment Levels For Coming Year

As part of the agenda items included for the Decatur School Board’s April 1st meeting is updated enrollment figures compared to CSD’s projections.  Registration for new 4-12 grade students just opened on March 17th, so this is an early look at those levels, while kindergarten registration opened at the beginning of March.

Enrollment in many grades is still below projected enrollment levels, while grades 10-12 have already exceeded it.  In a March 2013 Atlanta Magazine piece on CSD closing its tuition program, Superintendent Phyllis Edwards noted that the main registration period was generally in “late spring or summer”.

In total, there are already 66 more students enrolled than went to CSD last year.  At this early stage there are 319 spaces before CSD hits its projection, with 90 of those in kindergarten.

The first day of school is August 4th.

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17 thoughts on “First Look at CSD’s Enrollment Levels For Coming Year”


  1. Basic question but if you have X students enrolled in 10th grade in year 1, why would you project X-11 students in 11th grade in year 2? Are the projections older or based on a pattern of drop/move outs?

    1. I was wondering the same thing. There’s a similar drop for 9th to 10th and 11th to 12th. What is the date of those projections? Are they projections from before this year’s final enrollment was known or are they updated projections? The explanation may be that they were set prior to knowing last year’s actual enrollment and last year’s enrollment was higher than projected.

    2. That’s a good question. This does show a fair amount of attrition starting in 10th grade. I wonder what the dropout rates are?

  2. There are lots of families trying to move into Decatur to get their kids into the schools, but there are very few houses for sale, so this may impact the final enrollment numbers. The few reasonably priced houses are being snapped up before they even go on the market.

    1. Perhaps we could please everyone (except current CoD homeowners) by annexing some less expensive neighborhoods. Homeowners in those neighborhoods would receive a windfall as their home prices increase, and more families will have the opportunity to buy in to Decatur schools.

      1. Good plan. I see no problems with it. In fact, whenever talk of annexing those “less expensive neighborhoods” comes up, the people there are always unanimous in their desire to pay more taxes 🙂

        1. THAT is “pokin’ the bear”? Are you sure? I learned a completely different definition of it in Catholic school.

        2. Hah! Junderscore oughtta know, seein’ as he holds the current title of champion bear poker around these parts… 😀

  3. Let’s try to annex neighborhoods where houses won’t be teardowns…or figure out a way to keep developers out of the conversation (when pigs fly?)

    1. Developers are people who pay taxes and created the Decatur you know and love. Keeping them out of the conversation can result in unintended consequences.

      1. Bo, the appearance of developers is a trailing indicator of gentrification. what made Decatur, and in particular, Oakhurst, an attractive, low risk neighborhood for new construction and big renovations were the risks taken (and rewarded) by the urban pioneers who settled these lands beginning in the 90s—those are the folks who ***really*** created the Decatur you know and love, looong before developers would even slow down on a drive though our fair village.

        tell people you’re buying a home in Decatur today, and your friends will think you’re thriving financially, value good education for your kids, and are likely to have a vanity tag on your Subaru that reads “KOMRADE”.

        when I told my friends I was moving to Decatur in the mid-90’s, they thought: “poor thing, couldn’t afford VA-HI”, “good thing he doesn’t have any kids”, and “is that a box of KOOL Menthols in his pocket, or is he just happy to see me?”

        1. all of that said, and as i’ve said before, i loved this ‘hood as much back in the day as i do now.

          yes, all of our bougie accoutrements are nice, but that’s just icing on what has always been for me a mighty fine cake. Oakhurst was never bad in my eyes—it just needed a good shower and shave, and i miss lots of my pre-brownflight neighbors who made it a such great place to live when i first moved here.

  4. What I’d like to know is where we stand in enrollments now compared to where we stood in enrollments last year at this date. About how much do enrollments normally go up between now and the start of the school year? That would give us better information about where we stand relative to our projections.

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