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Discovery Charter school sees 491 students on first day; St. Patrick sees 214

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An extra third grade class boosted enrollment numbers for the Discovery Charter School in Porter, which reported 491 students as it started its 2013-14 year on Monday.

Director Ernesto Martinez said that is an increase over last year’s student enrollment figure of 450. Discovery’s total enrollment for this year is 494 but three students were marked as absent on Monday, Martinez said.

The school added a third grade class to keep the students who were in the extra second grade class last year.

Martinez said there are three classes each for kindergarten through grade 3, two classes each for grades 4-6, and one class each for grades 7 and 8 this year.

Discovery’s student numbers include Kindergarten - 65, 1st Grade - 67, 2nd Grade - 73, 3rd Grade - 75, 4th Grade - 54, 5th Grade- 51, 6th Grade - 52, 7th Grade - 28, and 8th Grade - 26.

Martinez said Discovery saw no problems for students’ first day back. “It all went smooth,” he said.

St. Patrick’s School

Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s School reported a first day count of 214 students in grades K-8 and 78 preschoolers for a total of 292.

According to figures from secretary Joyce Cowger, St. Patrick’s student breakdown in grades K-8 included Kindergarten - 29, 1st Grade - 22, 2nd Grade - 25, 3rd Grade- 28, 4th Grade - 33, 5th Grade - 19, 6th Grade - 25, 7th Grade - 15, and 8th Grade - 18.

St. Patrick started the 2013-14 school year on Wednesday, same as the Duneland Schools.

The Duneland School Administration office told the Chesterton Tribune it should know its first day count later today on its new computer based enrollment system Skyward.

The Tribune will report the numbers for Duneland when they become available.


Posted 8/22/2013