ADSB Experiences Enrollment Growth

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Algoma District School Board (ADSB) senior staff shared a very positive update and
overview of opening enrolment numbers at Algoma District School Board’s first Regular
Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Elementary
The September 14th, 2021 Junior Kindergarten (JK) to Grade 8 enrolment has
increased by 433 students from the projected numbers contained in the March,
2021 Director’s Report.

There has been an increase of 208 students enrolled in JK and SK for this school
year from the projected enrolment and the Grade 1 to 8 enrolment also increased
by 225 students from projected numbers in March 2021. To accommodate the
increase in enrolment, Administration has added classes across the Board.

Secondary
The September 21st, 2021, Grade 9-12 enrolment in composite programs has
seen an increase of 282 students from the projected numbers in the March 2021
Director’s Report.

There are 178 students currently enrolled in alternative secondary programs such
as the Algoma Education Connection (Prince Charles & Kina Awiiya) and the North
Shore Adolescent Centre in Blind River and Elliot Lake, which is 34 students lower
than the March 2021 projection of 212. Given the alternative nature of these
programs, re-engagement outreach will continue and enrolment normally reaches
projection by Thanksgiving.

Board personnel noted the increase in enrolment across grade levels. Board Chair
Jennifer Sarlo shared, “This is exciting news for our schools and for our
communities. We are pleased to have welcomed so many families who recently
moved to our district as well as students who are selecting specific programs.
These are significant numbers and, overall, one of the biggest increases we
have seen in a number of years.”

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