Student Enrollment Up By Ten Students Over Last Year, Numbers Show More Boys than Girls

August 14, 2013
Dwayne Page
Joey Reeder

Enrollment in the DeKalb County School System is up by ten students over last year at this time.

Total enrollment, as of Tuesday, August 13, was 3,052 compared to 3,042 last year on the same day, according to Joey Reeder, Attendance Supervisor.

"As of (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m. we're up by ten students county wide from where we were on this date a year ago. Of course, that's a pretty fluid number and it will be changing daily from now until probably after Labor Day," he said.

DeKalb County High School (grades 9-12) has 834 students, nine fewer than one year ago.

Enrollment at DeKalb Middle School ( grades 6-8) is 592, twenty two more than last August.

Northside Elementary School's enrollment (grades 2-5) is 591, three students fewer than last year at this time.

Smithville Elementary School (Pre-K through 2nd grade) has 621 students, sixteen more than a year ago.

Four hundred fourteen students are enrolled at DeKalb West School (Pre-K through 8th grade), sixteen students fewer than last year.

County wide, there are more boys than girls, 1,605 to 1,447

Boys- 429

DeKalb Middle School:
Boys- 321
Girls- 271

Northside Elementary:
Boys- 305
Girls- 286

Smithville Elementary:
Boys- 327

DeKalb West School:
Boys- 223

Reeder encourages students to be in school on time every day when classes are in session. "According to Tennessee state law, once you miss five unexcused days in a school year you are considered truant. Juvenile Court Judge Bratten Cook, II has been a big friend to education. He realizes the importance of education and he wants all our students in school. He has been a big help," said Reeder.

"We've got a new website with an attendance page that answers your questions about truancy and getting your driver's license or if you lose those license because of absences or lack of academic progress, what you have to do in order to get those driver's licenses back. Our new website is really informative. You can find out a lot there about all of our programs. I encourage people to use that. A lot of times people want to pick up the phone and call the school to ask questions. Now you can go straight to that website and more than likely get your questions answered," said Reeder.

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