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Escambia County senior classes lose over 30 percent between ninth and twelfth grades

February 9, 2016

The enrollment of the Escambia County School District has been relatively stable for several years, losing only 14 students between the 2012-13 and 2015-16 school years.

However, the high school enrollment dropped significantly for the senior classes between their ninth and 12th grades. The Class of 2015 had 3,485 students in its freshman year. By its senior year, the class had lost 1,049 students, a little over 30 percent.

The state’s loss for the Class of 2015 was 13.4 percent. Santa Rosa County lost 9.7 percent of its class, while Marion County, a peer to Escambia, only lost 2.6 percent.

The Class of 2016 isn’t any better. Escambia County lost 31.1 percent; total loss for the state was 10.8 percent.

Losing high school students has been a pattern for the Escambia County School District. The Class of 2014 lost 36.2 percent; Class of 2013 39.9 percent; and Class of 2012 43.9 percent.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Steve Marcanio last month told Inweekly that the school district doesn’t have a report that shows why the enrollment declines for a class as it approaches its senior year. He thought the military population might be a reason.

Escambia County’s losses in its senior class enrollment are some of the largest percentages in the state for school districts with a minimum of 1,000 students graduating. Only Leon County had higher percentages for their Classes of 2015 and 2016.

District Enrollment
2012-1340670
2013-1440753
2014-1540735
2015-1640656
4-yr drop-14
Class of 2015
EnrollmentEscambiaMarion Co.Santa Rosa
Ninth348532822065
Tenth277432971969
Eleventh259231711814
Twelth243631971864
4-yr drop-2774-3297-1969State
-30.1%-2.6%-9.7%-13.4%
Class of 2016
EnrollmentEscambiaMarion Co.Santa Rosa
Ninth344431742147
Tenth282331231916
Eleventh256330671922
Twelth237230951917
4-yr drop-2823-3123-1916State
-31.1%-2.5%-10.7-10.8
Escambia
Three Prior Senior Classes
201420132012
Ninth347138134115
Tenth278128262948
Eleventh256525532666
Twelth221322922309
4-yr drop-2781-2826-2948
-36.2%-39.9%-43.9%
TOP 10 LARGE COUNTIES - Loss between 9-12 grades by percentage
Class 2015Students
DistrictLost%
37-LEON-932-32.9
17-ESCAMBIA-1049-30.1
64-VOLUSIA-1695-29.7
51-PASCO-1674-28.2
05-BREVARD-1614-25.8
31-INDIAN RIVER-389-25.3
09-CITRUS-339-23.7
03-BAY-451-21.9
59-SEMINOLE-1314-21.8
58-SARASOTA-680-19.4
Class 2016Students
DistrictLost%
37-LEON-902-31.5
17-ESCAMBIA-1072-31.1
51-PASCO-1680-29.5
16-DUVAL-2770-27.9
64-VOLUSIA-1474-26.3
05-BREVARD-1396-23.3
31-INDIAN RIVER-332-21.3
59-SEMINOLE-1176-20.1
41-MANATEE-707-19.3
46-OKALOOSA-460-18.5

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