City Schools’ funding is directly tied to the number of students attending our schools – the higher the enrollment, the more funding the district receives to support high-quality programs and opportunities from pre-k to 12th grade.

After years of increased enrollment, the district has seen a slight decrease over the past couple of years.

City Schools will continue to offer families a range of high-quality school options, helping students and families find the perfect fit for them, despite this year’s budget challenges. This is an essential commitment – both to fulfill the district’s mission of excellence in education for all students, and to attract and retain students and families.

To help boost enrollment, the district is working on a number of initiatives that will ensure families know about the great options available – from early learning opportunities that make a real difference in students’ later school achievement through high school programs that prepare students for competitive colleges and in-demand careers. The district is in the process of convening a workgroup that includes various stakeholders to develop and implement a range of enrollment improvement strategies over the next few years.

2 thoughts on “Enrollment

  1. Anonymous Reply

    Actually, the funding formula favors shrinking enrollment. The district receives funds based on the previous year’s enrollment. Obviously, if you have less students then you are getting more per pupil $ than you would have with the same enrollment. Simplistic, and without regard to marginal costs, but still important enough to demonstrate that the district is not nimble enough to adjust to changes in enrollment, especially with regard to personnel and facilities.

  2. Christine Layton Reply

    I am very curious to learn more about enrollment trends. I know that in my own neighborhood (home to many families with school-aged children) that there’s been a definite increase in the number of kids who attend BCPS. Ten years ago, I knew of no families whose children attended City Schools (with the exception of a couple who attended City or BSA). Ten years ago, when families’ children reached school age, they’d either move out of Baltimore City or send their kids to independent or parochial schools. Today, more and more parents in our neighborhood are pursuing a 3rd option: enrolling their children in City Schools.

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