Banting reclaims top spot for enrolment across Simcoe County
Banting Memorial High School in Alliston is Simcoe County's largest
with 1,719 students enrolled as of Sept. 12, which is 82 more than was
projected, according to the preliminary enrolment numbers for the
public board's elementary and secondary schools.
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) counted 16,742 students
attending 17 high schools on Sept. 12, which is one per cent below the
projected 16,905. It's the third year in a row of declining enrolment
across the County.
Banting was one of only seven secondary schools to show positive
growth. Innisdale in Barrie, dropped down to second with a decline of
35 students over last year, and a 62 student drop from the projected
enrolment of 1,731.
Not including the alternative secondary school, which has 162 students,
165 fewer than the projected 327, Stayner Collegiate was the smallest
at 380, which was 10 lower than projected.
On the elementary side, Ernest Cumberland School in Alliston reports a
student population of 766, which is 48 more than projected, and puts it
second to Alcona Glen in Innisfil, with an enrolment of 819 students,
an increase of 53 over the projection.
Alliston Union was the only New Tecumseth based school to fall below
projections at 477 students, which was down by 23. Currently, its
replacement school is under construction with capacity to accommodate
more than 500 students without portables.
Tecumseth Beeton, 454 students, and Tecumseth South Central with 200
students, each had five more students than projected, and Tottenham
Public School with 316, had two more than planned.
Overall, there were 34,686 students attending 87 elementary schools,
which is up by 89, continuing a four year string of nominal growth -
less than one per cent since 2010.
An official Ministry of Education count for the current school year
will take place on October 31. The figures are critical to the board
and the individual schools because the bulk of provincial funding is
based on per pupil allocations.