Enrollment jumps 3.8 percent at New Prague Schools

Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

Enrollment at New Prague Area Schools has gone up 3.8 percent from a year ago, based on initial enrollment figures from the district.

Enrollment also jumped 14.1 percent at Holy Cross Catholic School, which opened a new, centralized building near Webster to replace smaller schools in Lonsdale, New Market and Veseli. These figures are preliminary and subject to change.

Middle school up 5.4 %

The biggest increase in students was at New Prague Middle School, where enrollment went up 5.4 percent from a year ago. There are currently 739 students in the building, which houses grades 6-8. That is 39 students above the capacity.

New Prague High School (9-12) had an increase of 2.4 percent, or 26 students. The class of 2008 continues to be the largest in the district, with 317 students. There are 1,091 students in the building, which was designed to hold 1,050.

New Prague Primary school saw an increase of 4.3 percent in its enrollment. There were 754 students in the school which was designed for 700 students. This year’s third grade is the largest of the K-8 classes, with 263 students.

New Prague Intermediate School saw an increase of 3.4 percent from last year. Total enrollment is 691 in the building.

Holy Cross enrollment up

Holy Cross School in Webster opened the doors to a new building Tuesday. Enrollment figures showed an increase of 14.1 percent with 177 students enrolled in grades K-12. Most of the increase can be seen in this year’s kindergarten class. The school graduated an eighth grade class of 13 students last year, and admitted a kindergarten class of 29. The smallest class at Holy Cross was this year’s seventh grade, with only seven students.

St. Wenceslaus School in New Prague was the only school in the area to see a reduction in the number of students, with 376 students enrolled. That was a 2.1 percent decrease from last year.

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