San Francisco Unified sees enrollment applications remain flat
After sharp declines in enrollment during the pandemic, new applications to enroll in San Francisco Unified failed to rebound for next year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
About 14,000 families submitted applications for fall 2022, mostly to enter kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade. Overall, the district has about 50,000 students. The application numbers were similar to last year, even after the district invested heavily in outreach efforts.
The district was hoping for a significant enrollment boost as it emerges from the pandemic and a controversial school board recall. The district currently faces a $125 million budget shortfall.
“The fact is, we have nearly a decade of declining enrollment — we cannot blame the pandemic entirely,” school board President Jenny Lam told the newspaper. “We need to increase enrollment across all grades. … We are going to be working hard to rebuild trust with families in many facets of their child’s education.”