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Idaho Public School Enrollment Hits Historic Numbers

Courtesy of the Idaho Statesman

There are now more than 300,000 public school students attending classes in the state of Idaho.

There are 302,332 students to be exact -- about 3,500 more than last year.  That works out to nearly 18 percent of Idaho’s population.

The numbers come from data released by the State Department of Education, as reported by Idaho Education News.

Just over one of every five public students are in the State’s largest school district by enrollment -- West Ada. The Meridian area district  added more than 800 students this year for a total of just under 40,000 students.

Both Nampa and Vallivue districts in Canyon County gained students,  while Boise Schools enrollment stayed about the same.

Student count in the small Oneida School District in far southeastern Idaho showed a 34 percent gain, but that’s because Oneida schools contracted with an online curriculum provider in Utah to educate about 450 digital homeschool students across the state.

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