For the third year in a row, RAVSAK has undertaken a study of enrollment trends in Jewish community day schools across North America to clarify the impact the economy and demographic changes have had on our individual and collective rosters. With 109 RAVSAK schools in the US and Canada now reporting, this survey captures an accurate snapshot of enrollment figures, and more importantly, changes in enrollment from last year.
Last year (2010-2011) the field of community day schools was down only .7%, a net loss of approximately 178 students from the 2009-2010 school year. While these losses were significant and worrisome, they were far less than had been predicted. Schools all over North America tightened their belts and their focus and weathered what we had all hoped would be a brief economic storm.
Although the exact state of the economy is still the subject of much debate, there seemed to be a broad consensus this past spring that Jewish day schools would again experience a major downturn in enrollment. We are pleased to share, however, that the net change in enrollment this year from last is just over 1%, an average of 3 students per school.
The following figures summarize trends among RAVSAK schools (giving percentages of total schools surveyed):
While 44% of Jewish community day schools experienced a drop in enrollment, a full 58% of our schools had stable enrollments or experienced growth. These data suggest a split between schools that have sustained or regained stability and those continuing to face notable enrollment challenges. Keep in mind that these statistics offer comparisons but not answers. Through creativity and collaboration, we will get through this rough spot together. RAVSAK is committed to the success of all our schools.♦
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