Enrollment Lagging At Takeover Schools Statewide

Some schools have seen their enrollment cut nearly in half.

Jason Breeding (center), a freshman at Emmerich Manual High School, and his mother Shelly Breeding speak to a representative of Charter Schools USA, the company taking over the school in July.

Photo: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

Jason Breeding (center), a freshman at Emmerich Manual High School, and his mother Shelly Breeding speak to a representative of Charter Schools USA, the company now running the school.

Enrollment appears to be down by a third at the five Indiana schools being taken over by state-selected operators.

Four takeover schools in Indianapolis and Gary‘s Roosevelt High School say they expect a total of 32-hundred students. If their estimates prove correct, they‘ll see enrollment drops ranging from 23-percent at Manual High School to 45-percent at Arlington High School. But they can‘t say for sure, because some enrollments are still in progress.

Charter Schools U-S-A vice president Sherry Hage says Howe and Manual High Schools and Emma Donnan Middle School in Indianapolis will be on the lookout for walkup registration when they open on Monday, with extra registrars and office staff on hand to get students assigned to class immediately. Arlington and Roosevelt open the following week.

Edison Learning, which is now running Roosevelt, has sued the Gary schools, charging the district still hasn‘t turned over student records and transcripts. Edison Senior Vice President Todd McIntire says the school has a master schedule drawn up so it can plug in students quickly once it has that information. All five schools still have a handful of staff openings to fill.

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