Students at Revelstoke Secondary School line up to get their schedules on the first day of school this year. Enrolment at the school is down again this year.

Students at Revelstoke Secondary School line up to get their schedules on the first day of school this year. Enrolment at the school is down again this year.

Revelstoke school enrolment continues slow decline

Enrolment at Revelstoke schools continues to decline, with the biggest drop in numbers coming at Revelstoke Secondary School.

Enrolment at Revelstoke schools continues to decline, with the biggest drop in numbers coming at Revelstoke Secondary School.

The numbers were presented to the Revelstoke Board of Education by superintendent Mike Hooker at last week’s board meeting.

There are 367 students at RSS this year, down from 389 last year. Those numbers don’t include 19 international students, up from 11 last year.

Enrolment at Begbie View Elementary is up slightly to 247 students, from 239 last year. Enrolment at Columbia Park Elementary is down slightly, to 201 students from 207. At Arrow Heights Elementary, enrolment is up to 121 students from 114 last year.

The report also includes class-size averages. Kindergarten classes have an average of 19 students, grade 1–3 have an average of 21 students, and grades 4-7 have an average of 24 students. That compares to averages of 17, 20 and 25 respectively last year.

While class sizes from kindergarten to grade three are similar at all three schools, AHE generally has smaller classes from grades 4–7.

Class sizes at Revelstoke Secondary School range from an average of 20 in applied skills classes to 27 in physical education.

Hooker noted there are two more students entering kindergarten than expected to graduate this year, providing hope that Revelstoke’s long enrolment decline is going to bottom out and plateau.

“It’s only a couple more years where we’ll continue to go down slightly down, but not long before we level out and RSS levels out between 350-400 students,” he told the board.

Class composition numbers, which used to be the subject of public reports, have not yet been released.