Enrollment at Grand Forks Public Schools is 7,456 students at the start of this school year, an increase of 126 students compared to last year at this time.

The largest grade level of students is the kindergarten class, which has 623 students, according to a news release from the school district.

The enrollment figure includes students attending schools in the city and Nathan F. Twining Elementary and Middle School on Grand Forks Air Force Base.

Last year at this time, opening enrollment was 7,330.

Compared to the May 2019 enrollment of 7,213, there was an increase of 243 students, the school district reported.

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“We are absolutely thrilled with our opening week’s enrollment. The numbers are very much in line with what our demographer anticipated," Superintendent Terry Brenner said. “The future trajectory for Grand Forks Public Schools looks extremely promising with our large kindergarten class."

The demographer for the school district, the Kansas-based RSP and Associates, had estimated an enrollment of 7,450 students.

An official enrollment report will be completed at the end of September and presented at the Grand Forks School Board meeting in October.