Red River Valley School Division sees enrollments increase

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The increased demand for French immersion in Saint-Pierre has helped to increase the number of registrations across the division.

The Red River Valley School Division reports 2,313 students for the current school year. For those who keep the score, it’s 74 ahead of last year’s pace.

An increase in registrations at Saint-Pierre contributed to this year’s higher total. According to the division, the Heritage Immersion School in Saint-Pierre has 22 additional students this year.

The biggest jump was at Morris School with 43 new students in what the division says was due to the return of home schooling students and the arrival of new students to the area.

Meanwhile, the division reports a large graduating class last spring, combined with a smaller incoming Grade 9 class this fall, resulted in a drop in enrollment of 17 students at Sanford Collegiate. The number of students also fell by 10 at Lowe Farm, where the division says families have chosen to homeschool due to the pandemic.

The rest of the schools in the Red River Valley School Division saw small changes, both up and down.

“With the return to daily instruction in the school for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, we are very pleased with the attendance rates at each school. We hope this can continue, ”added Board Chair Charlene Geiler.


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