The Clark County School District has a record 315,087 students this school year, according to student enrollment figures released this morning.
The School District shattered last year’s student enrollment record of 311,380 by 3,707 students. District officials had projected earlier this summer they would have about 1,500 additional students this year but were surprised when enrollment figures continued to climb this month.
Although student population growth has largely stabilized in the Las Vegas Valley from the booming 1990s and early 2000s, the School District is still experiencing growth in the outlying suburbs of Henderson, Summerlin and the southwest part of the valley, as housing developers begin building again after the economic downturn.
Consequently, the nation’s fifth-largest school district is faced with a student crowding issue at many of its elementary schools, which are estimated to be about 15 percent over capacity this year.