Report: Fayetteville schools to continue steady growth

Posted: November 5, 2017 at 1 a.m.

A demographic report predicts five of the nine elementary schools in the School District will be over capacity within five years as the district continues to steadily grow.

Report summary

The Templeton Demographics firm’s Fayetteville Public Schools Demographic Summary examined economic conditions with information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Arkansas Economic Development Institute, Fayetteville and other sources. To make its forecast, it also looked at Arkansas public schools total enrollment, enrollment growth, area housing market, residential activity, student density, intra-district transfers and historical enrollment.

• The Fayetteville area's unemployment rate is below 3 percent.

• Fayetteville Public Schools is the fourth fastest growing district in Arkansas in the last five years, based on growth number, not percentage.

• About 10 percent of elementary students who reside within the district transfer to a different elementary school than the zone they reside within.

• Fayetteville Public Schools may add 911 students in the next five years, for a fall 2022 enrollment of 10,950.

• Fayetteville Public Schools is projected to enroll 11,906 students for the 2027-28 school year.

Source: Staff report

Public school growth

Fayetteville Public Schools is the fourth fastest growing district when considering the increased number of students.

Rank District 2011-12 2016-17 Five-Year Difference Five-Year Growth

1 Bentonville 14,123 16,609 2,486 17.6 percent

2 Springdale 19,376 21,527 2,151 11.1 percent

3 Rogers 14,145 15,399 1,254 8.9 percent

4 Fayetteville 9,017 9,864 847 9.4 percent

5 Bryant 8,291 9,134 843 10.2 percent

6 Brookland 1,732 2,324 592 34.2 percent

7 Jonesboro 5,438 5,964 526 9.7 percent

8 Benton 4,618 5,108 490 10.6 percent

9 Conway 9,432 9,920 488 5.2 percent

10 Fort Smith 13,896 14,341 445 3.2 percent

Source: Templeton Demographics

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