Enrollment decline in the South Kitsap School District often has been attributed to declining birth rates in the area.
But data released by SKSD indicates there is more to it than that.
According to the district’s enrollment summary, SKSD has 692 students living within its boundaries who elected to attend other schools or Internet programs outside of the district.
SKSD’s report shows that 692 students were granted waivers to attend several neighboring school districts. More local students migrated to the Peninsula School District (222) than any other. Central Kitsap (85), Bremerton (84) and Vashon (40) were the next biggest beneficiaries. Among Internet-based programs, Washington Virtual Academies (79) had the most SKSD enrollees.
The report showed that 47 students from other districts transferred into SKSD. The majority of those students came from North Mason (16) and Bremerton (14).
More than 30 percent of students leaving SKSD were high-school aged — ninth through 12th grade. SKSD lost 211 students in those grades. Only seven students in those grades transferred into SKSD.
SKSD saw its greatest gain among incoming students in kindergarten. Eight students transferred into SKSD in that grade, which accounted for a little more than 18 percent of its newcomer total.