Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lynn Sees Increasing Enrollments at Lower Grade Levels

The latest Lynn Public School enrollment figures indicate increasing student populations at the lower grade levels.

First grade enrollment within LPS has grown nearly 5% from the last school year (2012-13) to the current one.

The number of kindergarten students within LPS has grown over the past 5 schools from an enrollment of 1,120 students in 2009-10 to 1,313 students in 2013-14.

Kindergarten enrollment at the individual school level varies with the Early Childhood Center enrolling the most students at this grade level at 250 (not included below).

Ingalls reported a substantial increase in kindergarten students over the last two school years (43.8%) while other schools such as Harrington and Lynn Woods saw slight decreases.

Other urban/Gateway City school districts are also seeing increases in their student population, particularly in the lower grades. Chelsea saw a 13% increase in kindergarten students from 2012-13 to 2013-14 while Holyoke reported a 6.4% increase at this grade level. 

All data taken from: www.doe.mass.edu

Monday, February 10, 2014

Comparing Urban Districts: Special Populations 2013-2014

Here is a comparison of the Commissioner's ten urban districts in terms of their special populations using the most recent data from the 2013-14 school year.

*FLnE = First Language not English
*ELL = English Language Learner
*SPED = Special Education 

Low IncomeFLnE*ELL*SPED*
Fall River 78.3%20.9%8.5%20.4%
New Bedford75.6%22.4%5.5%22.5%

All data taken from: www.doe.mass.edu

Lynn Public School Demographic Data 2013-14

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently published the 2013-14 demographic reports for public school districts in the state. Per the DESE data, there are 14,378 students currently enrolled in the Lynn Public School district (which does not include those enrolled in charter school). In terms of the race/ethnicity, the breakdown is as follows (the numbers in parentheses represent the percent change from school year 2012-13):

  • African American/Black: 11.0% (-0.3)
  • Asian: 9.8% (-0.3)
  • Hispanic/Latino: 54.5% (+1.4)
  • Native American: 0.3% (0)
  • White: 20.9% (-1.1)
  • Multi-Race, Non-Hispanic: 3.7% (+0.2)

In terms of special populations, LPS is comprised of a significant number of students who speak English as a second language as well as low income students.

  • First Language not English: 54% (-0.2)
  • English Language Learner: 17.8% (+0.3)
  • Low Income: 83% (+0.4)
  • Special Education: 15.8% (-0.6)

Additionally, the Lynn Public School district's student population is 52.5% male and 47.5% female.

The KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School enrolled 721 students in 2013-14. KIPP's student population is 47.9% male and 52.1% female; the school's specific demographics are listed below.

Below is a breakdown of the special populations listed above by individual school.

FLnE = First Language not English
ELL = English Language Learner


FLnE*ELL*Low IncomeSpecial EducationTotal Enrollment
Aborn25%6%56%3.2%248 (+11)
Brickett40.7%12.6%86.8%9.6%302 (-49)
Callahan38.5%9.2%78%19.1%491 (+11)
Cobbet72.9%37.2%94.1%11.8%594 (-13)
Connery75.5%33.8%95.9%6%583 (-9)
Drewicz66.6%29.7%90%13.3%458 (+10)
Fallon20.8% 6.2% 91.7%  97.9% 48 (+2)
Ford64.9%28.6%92.9%6.5%507 (-110)
Harrington65.3%30.8%89.6%14.4%623 (+28)
Hood 45.8%16.2%87.7%10.9%439 (+29)
Ingalls61.4%34.4%91.7%11.2%733 (+78)
Lincoln-Thomson33.5%9.8%75.2%6%266 (-9)
Lynn Woods6.3%2.3%34.3%18.3%175 (+4)
Sewell Anderson28.4%10.4%66.1%21.1%289 (+15)
Shoemaker19.3%1.4%50.2%28.8%295 (-26)
Sisson26.5%5.5%64.2%11.9%452 (-19)
Tracy65.4%31.8%97.5%6.1%393 (-39)
Washington61.3%32.5%94.4%9.2%357 (+93)

Breed61.1%9.6%87.1%18.9%1,220 (+20)
KIPP: Lynn29.3%9.2%80.3%12.6%721 (+152)
Marshall63.7%15.3%94.6%17%957 (-16)
Pickering37%4%61.5%20.1%646 (-21)

Lynn Classical55.2%12.5%79.6%14.4%1,498 (-30)
Lynn English55.6%14.7%80.2%13.4%1,611 (-42)
Lynn Tech61.2%15.3%86.9%25.3%750 (+41)
Fecteau-Leary 35.7%0.6%89.8%51.6%157 (-6)

All Data taken from: www.doe.mass.edu