Sacramento Region Rural Schools See Rapid Enrollment Declines

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sacramento City Unified captured headlines last month with its decision to close seven schools because of declining enrollment, but it's not the fastest-shrinking district in the region.

It's not even in the top 20. The Sacramento region's small, mostly rural districts are, with few exceptions, losing students at breakneck pace.

Gold Oak Union, nestled among the winding, cracked roads of the El Dorado County foothills, lost a third of its students over the past six years, dropping from 716 students in 2006 to 493 in 2012.

Black Oak Mine Unified, which stretches 50 miles from the uninhabited Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe to the western El Dorado County community of Cool, lost one in five students during the same period, bringing enrollment to 1,569 students.

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