Grand Forks school district reports dip in enrollment, compared to opening day last year

Grand Forks Public Schools is reporting an opening-day enrollment of 7,402, a decrease of 54 students compared to last year at this time.

Included in the 7,402 enrollment number, 1,324 students are enrolled in distance learning for the first trimester of the 2020-21 school year for elementary school students and in the first semester for middle and high school students.

As an entity, Grand Forks Public Schools includes public schools in the city of Grand Forks and Nathan F. Twining Elementary and Middle School on Grand Forks Air Force Base.

School began Aug. 31 for students in kindergarten through ninth grade, and Sept. 1 for students in grades 10-12.

The latest enrollment figure represents an increase of 44 students over last May’s enrollment of 7,358, according to a news release from the school district.


The district’s largest grade level of students is the ninth-grade class, with 605 students. The next largest classes are kindergarten and first grade, each with 593 students.

The official demographer for the district, RSP and Associates, based in Kansas City, Kansas, had estimated an opening-day enrollment of 7,526.

The district will submit an official enrollment report to the state Department of Public Instruction at the end of September and present that report at a Grand Forks School Board meeting in October.

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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