FARMINGTON — Enrollment at most schools in the Farmington Municipal School District is up, according to recently released school data.
Overall enrollment this year increased by about 2 percent, or 248 students, over last year. Some schools have seen fluctuating enrollment numbers because of redistricting.
This school year, 10,976 students in kindergarten through 12th grade enrolled in the district's 19 schools, according to the 40-day student count for the district. Last year's count included 10,728 students.
"It's huge," said Frank Stimac, the district's superintendent for security and communication. "We haven't seen that kind of growth in a long time. When we get 100 (students), we get excited. Usually, we get gradual growth."
Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten saw the biggest increase this year with 1,161 students -- 1,022 in kindergarten and 139 in pre-kindergarten. That's an increase of nearly 10 percent over last year's count of 1,046.
"We're full on kindergarten across the board," Stimac said. "When you have 892 first graders and our kindergarten is 1,022, that's a pretty significant difference. ... Typically, they kind of roll into each other."
Stimac said the other elementary schools that stood out for him included McCormick, with 43 more students; Apache, with 46 more; and Esperanza, with 22 more.
The district's high schools -- Farmington, Piedra Vista and Rocinante -- saw a total of 120 more students in ninth to 12th grades. Of those, Piedra Vista gained 75 students this year, bringing the high school's total enrollment this year to 1,400.
Stimac said the district deemed Piedra Vista 95 percent full at 1,330 students, but he believes the enrollment numbers will level out between PV and Farmington high schools as the number of waivers drops as redistricting takes effect.
For the district's four middle schools, redistricting has had an effect on enrollment numbers. Tibbetts, which opened at its new campus this school year, gained 70 students, and Mesa View lost 75 students.
Superintendent Janel Ryan said the true effect of redistricting will not be seen for at least two years.
"We're very pleased with the spread of middle school students throughout the schools the first year," Ryan said. "I feel that the hours of work my committee put into this has paid off."
Additionally, Heights lost five students and Hermosa lost three this school year over last. The district's middle schools have a little more than 2,500 students this year, including 706 at Heights, 587 at Hermosa, 590 at Mesa View and 621 at Tibbetts.
"We actually accomplished one of the goals with redistricting when we made the agreement with the state to build Tibbetts," Stimac said, referring to the school's new campus on Twin Peaks Boulevard. "We agreed we would have enrollment of 600 to 650, and they are 621. That's a good thing."
Overall, Stimac believes the district is seeing positive results from its redistricting efforts.
"I think we are starting to build schools that are going to be equal in size, that we're trying to build neighborhood schools," he said.