District Enrollment Hits 7,200 Students
Student enrollment in Dripping Springs ISD now stands at 7,200 as the new school year begins. At the end of the first week, there were 7,181 students in DSISD, an increase of 4.65 percent from the end of the 2018-19 school year, and in Week 2 that number climbed to 7,200. The total is slightly lower than the moderate projection of 7,304 provided by Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), the district’s demographer according to the report that was completed in March 2019. DSISD’s student population is expected to continue to increase throughout the school year. Included in that expected increase in students enrolled in the early education program, as some of those services begin after Labor Day.
Dripping Springs High School has experienced the largest percentage increase (12.8%) of any campus and now is home to 2,155 students. The increase is due mostly to the freshman class, which is the district’s largest at any grade level with 624 students. The school’s capacity will be increased from 1,850 to 2,500 students with the addition of the new classroom wing; it will be completed for the 2020-21 school year.
Dripping Springs Middle School and Sycamore Springs Middle School are close in numbers, and both have remained consistent from last year. DSMS has a current enrollment of 839 students (+8 students compared to the spring) and SSMS is at 802 (-8 students compared to the spring).
Two elementary schools have seen a jump in enrollment, and two have remained fairly steady since 2018-19. Sycamore Springs Elementary has 939 students, which is an increase of 6.2 percent, and Dripping Springs Elementary is up to 902 students, an increase of 6.5 percent. Rooster Springs Elementary starts the year with nearly the exact number of students that were enrolled at the end of last year: 839. Walnut Springs Elementary has experienced a 3.5 percent decrease and now has 722 students.