The official Springfield Public Schools enrollment for the 2011-12 academic year is 24,366, the highest point in the last decade. Enrollment for the 2010-11 academic year was 24,129 students.
The district's previous high was 24,356 students enrolled in the 2002-03 academic year. The lowest enrollment in the last 10 years wasduring the 2007-08 academic year, when 23,802 students were enrolled.
The latest enrollment figure, counted on the last Wednesday of September, comprises 11,860 elementary school students, 5,411 middle school students and 7,095 high school students, according to a news release from the school district.
Elementary schools had the highest growth, with 248 more students than last year.
Disney Elementary School recorded the most students among elementary schools with 538. Carver led middle schools with 812 students, and Kickapoo had the most high school students with 1,736.
The district's 2011-12 enrollment report also breaks down enrollment by race. There are 20,319 white students enrolled in the district, or 83.4 percent; 1,947 black students, or 8 percent; 991 Hispanic/Latino students, or 4.1 percent; 663 Asian/Pacific students, or 2.7 percent; 311 multirace students, or 1.3 percent; and 135 Native American students, or 0.6 percent, according to data available on the SPS Web site
Diversity has been identified as a priority for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and SPS has an Office of Cultural Diversity committed to building a school district where all areas of cultural diversity are valued.