Saskatoon Public Schools is one of the two largest school divisions in Saskatchewan. We provide educational services to our students through 43 elementary schools, 10 collegiates, and two associate schools (Saskatoon Christian School and Saskatoon Misbah School).
The enrolment statistics for Saskatoon Public Schools, as for all school divisions, is multi-faceted. We focus on a variety of measures to gauge our progress in this regard and to understand better our student body in order to ensure that we provide programs and supports that they require.
According to Saskatchewan Education Indicators, student enrolment in Saskatchewan has been in a steady decline nearly two decades. In the 1998-1999 school year, for example, the total student enrolment in Saskatchewan's provincially-funded education system was 190,896; however, by 2008-09, student enrolment was 159,445 a decrease of 16.5%!
All sectors of the publicly-funded education system in Saskatchewan have been affected by declining student enrolment, with the exception of the schools in the North, which have seen fairly consistent student enrolments. Further, due to such factors as declining birth rates and out migration to other provinces, Saskatchewan's Ministry of Education predicts further declines in student enrolment especially in the rural areas.
Saskatoon Public Schools have not been immune to the provincial trend toward student enrolment decline. During the period between the 1999-2000 and 2007-2008 school years, we experienced a general trend of declining student enrolment , mirroring the general trends evident in Saskatchewan's population demographics. However, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, we are beginning to see a reversal of the general trends toward declining enrolment and have been experiencing modest enrolment increases. Saskatoon Public Schools uses several measures to monitor student enrolment patterns. We track our total student enrolments, our total enrolments by grade level, by the enrolment of students with designated disabilities, and the total enrolment of First Nations/Metis students.
In addition, we monitor our enrolment patterns in comparison to the patterns and trends evident throughout the province (as reported in the Saskatchewan Learning's Education Indicators Report).Student Enrolment by School (2000-2011)