JPPSS Enrollment Increases to More Than 48,000 Students for 2014-2015 School Year

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) has increased its total enrollment to 48,126 students for the 2014-2015 school year, an increase of 1,465 compared to this time last year. Since the 2009-2010 school year, JPPSS has increased its enrollment by more than 3,000 students.

“These numbers demonstrate that JPPSS schools are becoming the schools of choice for more and more Jefferson Parish families,” said Superintendent James Meza, Jr. “We have more high quality schools in the district than ever before, with 39 ‘A’ and ‘B’ schools in 2014. I think families are taking advantage of all of the options for a great education through JPPSS.”

The district’s increase in enrollment was seen across grade levels, with elementary grades growing by 2.8 percent, middle school grades growing by 1.2 percent, and high school grades growing by 6.3 percent when compared to last year. JPPSS charter schools represented about 20 percent of the growth overall as Young Audiences Charter School and Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy added additional grades.

The district’s free and reduced lunch rate remained the same at 76.5 percent despite the increase in students. The number of its English language learners, however, increased by more than 1,200 students to 5,634, an increase of 27.5 percent.

These figures were submitted to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) in October as part of the state’s data collection process. The LDOE plans to release official enrollment counts sometime in early 2015. A second round of data collection occurs in February.