It’s official: Utah has a new largest school district.
The Alpine School District grew by 2,188 students this school year to 68,233 students, surpassing the Granite School District as the state’s biggest, according to newly released state enrollment numbers. The Granite district, meanwhile, shrunk by 656 students this school year to 67,736.
Statewide, enrollment in districts and charter schools grew by nearly 2 percent or 11,500 students this year, coming in below projected estimates that enrollment could grow by as many as 14,700 students. According to the new numbers, 587,745 students now fill Utah’s public school classrooms.
Todd Hauber, state associate superintendent, said the estimate might have been off because fewer students moved into schools from out of state, but it’s difficult to tell exactly why the numbers were lower than estimated.