West Fargo Public Schools surpasses 11,000 but doesn't eclipse Fargo

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WEST FARGO — West Fargo Schools passed the 11,000 mark on the first day of school, Aug. 28, but the enrollment numbers fell short of surpassing the Fargo School District's numbers.

According to West Fargo School District spokeswoman Stephanie Hansen, 11,081 students in grades first through 12 were counted on the first day of school.

The Fargo School District's first-day enrollment on Aug. 23, was 11,445 students, up five students from a year ago.

Last year, West Fargo reported an enrollment of 10,635 students.

It's the first time the district has surpassed the 11,000 mark, Hansen said.

Kindergarten has not yet started, it will begin on Aug. 30, but Hansen said the numbers released Tuesday included the 1,013 kindergartners who have registered.

This is the first year since 1992 that all kindergartners will begin their education at their neighborhood elementary school.

The district began transitioning out of busing all kindergartners to the Lodoen Kindergarten Center or Osgood Kindergarten Center after passing a $98.1 million bond in 2015.

Last year, seven elementary schools offered kindergarten classes.

To accommodate the higher number of kindergartners than expected, West Fargo officials added kindergarten classrooms to Willow Park, Legacy, Freedom and Osgood elementary schools.

West Fargo projections say the district will continue to grow by 400—600 students per year, through 2025. In 1993-1994, enrollment was 4,755 students.

Bismarck Public Schools remains the largest district in the state, with more than 12,000 students, followed by Fargo and West Fargo.