This year’s kindergarten class is one of the largest cohorts Fraser has seen in the last five years. The Class of 2031 currently has 373 students across our six elementary schools. That’s a large jump when compared to last year’s kindergarten class, which had 290 students at the fall count.
As students registered throughout the summer, we realized kindergarten enrollment was trending higher than in the past several years,” said Dr. Donna Anderson, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “We are excited to see so many families choose to start their children’s education in Fraser Public Schools.”
When it became apparent in August just how many incoming students to expect, two additional kindergarten sections were added. This year, Fraser has 14 sections of kindergarten across the district.
The new students are a mix of both in-district residents and schools of choice students. The reasons for the enrollment increase could be due to several factors.
Last year, enrollment in programs for 4-year-olds at the Dooley Center was higher than it had been in several years. Typically, about 90 percent of the students from Dooley stay in Fraser for kindergarten and beyond.
Additionally, the students in kindergarten this year were born in 2013 when the Great Recession was coming to end. This could indicate a slight increase in the birth rate as people had more stability with employment and housing.