Stevenson High School’s enrollment has declined for the eighth consecutive year, officials said Tuesday. At 3,786 students, the school is at its lowest enrollment since 1999.
The high school’s peak enrollment was in the 2005-06 school year, with 4,573 students, Stevenson spokesman Jim Conrey said.
This year is the first time the school has had fewer than 3,800 students since 1999. Enrollment declined by 95 students from last year, according to the school’s enrollment history.
Stevenson’s 2013-14 junior class is the largest, with 981 students. There are 953 seniors, 920 sophomores and 932 freshmen, Conrey wrote in the school's Daily Digest.
“The student body size is close to the level projected nearly two years ago by North Carolina-based demographer Dr. John Kasarda, who has worked with SHS and some of its consortium districts for more than 20 years. His most recent report projected a ‘most likely’ enrollment of 3,811 for this year,” according to the Daily Digest.
Updated enrollment projections, due this fall, will likely look 15 years ahead, Conrey said.