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BCTF Research Report

SECTION IV
2005-SD-01

Full-time-equivalent Student Enrolment by District,
2001–02 to 2004–05

By Colleen Hawkey
Research Analyst

Student enrolments in B.C. public schools have experienced a decline over the past four years.As shown in Table 1, between 2001–02 and 2004–05, full-time-equivalent (FTE) student enrolments declined by 3.2%, compared to 7.8% for teachers and 4.7% for administrative officers. At the provincial level, there has been a total decline in student FTEs of 19,274 over this period.

Table 1: Teacher, Administrative Officer, and Student FTEs for the Province,
2001–02 to 2004-05: year-over-year % chang

  Teachers Administrative Officers Students
FTEs % Change FTEs % Change FTEs % Change
2001–02 33,275.44 - 2,668.43 - 596,431.8 -
2002–03 31,299.36 -5.9% 2,597.64 -2.7% 588,809.0 -1.3%
2003–04 30,717.04 -1.9% 2,557.58 -1.5% 582,440.1 -1.1%
2004–05 30,666.01 -0.2% 2,543.82 -0.5% 577,158.3 -0.9%

Source: Ministry of Education Form 1530 data (unpublished); Ministry of Education Student Enrolment Reports 2000–01 – 2004–05, Provincial Report, accessed on the World Wide Web on December 10, 2004 at www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reportfinder/publicschools.php.

In Table 2, below, the district-level data show that over the four-year period between 2001 and 2004, nine districts experienced enrolment growth, ranging from 1% growth in SD45, West Vancouver to over 21% in SD93, Conseil scolaire francophone.

In terms of full-time-equivalent increases, SD36, Surrey experienced the greatest increase, at 2,689 FTE students. Conseil scolaire francophone (574 FTEs), SD40, New Westminster (490 FTEs) and SD34, Abbotsford (418 FTEs) were also higher-growth districts.

Table 2: Full-time-equivalent student enrolments in B.C. public schools, 2001-02 to 2004-05
by District, sorted by % change

School District Student FTEs Difference between
2001-02 and
2004-05
% Change 2001-02 to
2004-05
2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004-05
74 Gold Trail 2,662.9375 2,187.4375 1,958.875 1,870.4688 -792.4687 -29.8%
85 Vancouver Island North 2,415.325 2,191 1,951 1,835.875 -579.45 -24.0%
87 Stikine 345.937 322.4686 299.6901 272.25 -73.687 -21.3%
49 Central Coast 367 346 321.125 308 -59 -16.1%
52 Prince Rupert 3,220.5 2,969.2812 2,823.5625 2,733.3128 -487.1872 -15.1%
82 Coast Mountains 7,078 6,682 6,302 6,039.125 -1,038.875 -14.7%
10 Arrow Lakes 764.75 683.5625 670.25 657.1875 -107.5625 -14.1%
50 Haida Gwaii-Queen Charlotte 947.6249 957.75 882.125 818.875 -128.7499 -13.6%
5 Southeast Kootenay 6,713.475 6,424 6,115.4375 5,814.125 -899.35 -13.4%
47 Powell River 2,988.5 2,858.25 2,738.5625 2,608.1875 -380.3125 -12.7%
20 Kootenay-Columbia 5,292.25 5,047.25 4,786.9375 4,619.875 -672.375 -12.7%
27 Cariboo-Chilcotin 7,563.625 7,027.9375 6,861.25 6,642.625 -921 -12.2%
84 Vancouver Island West 557.625 518 509 490 -67.625 -12.1%
6 Rocky Mountain 4,063.6875 3,867 3,701.0625 3,602.885 -460.8025 -11.3%
28 Quesnel 4,595.6688 4,408.023 4,330.1434 4,091.3125 -504.3563 -11.0%
51 Boundary 2,037.6875 1,851.25 1,845.375 1,823.125 -214.5625 -10.5%
57 Prince George 17,663.875 16,873.5375 16,130.4375 15,827.625 -1,836.25 -10.4%
54 Bulkley Valley 2,856.4375 2,746.625 2,697.8125 2,563.25 -293.1875 -10.3%
72 Campbell River 6,890.125 6,565.75 6,323.375 6,185.9375 -704.1875 -10.2%
8 Kootenay Lake 6,371.75 6,219.5375 5,920.9388 5,768.375 -603.375 -9.5%
58 Nicola-Similkameen 3,310.975 3,118.9375 3,019.075 3,006.5 -304.475 -9.2%
19 Revelstoke 1,430.0625 1,397.9375 1,361.625 1,304.75 -125.3125 -8.8%
53 Okanagan Similkameen 3,106.8125 3,038.3125 2,941.375 2,845.9375 -260.875 -8.4%
73 Kamloops/Thompson 16,548.4 16,022.6875 15,534.75 15,299 -1,249.4 -7.5%
81 Fort Nelson 1,204.5 1,156.9375 1,170.9875 1,116.6875 -87.8125 -7.3%
83 North Okanagan-Shuswap 8,280.135 8,089.5625 7,871.5601 7,681.6299 -598.5051 -7.2%
79 Cowichan Valley 10,236.4605 9,675.6875 9,609 9,534.0625 -702.398 -6.9%
46 Sunshine Coast 4,227.125 4,227.1875 4,092.9375 3,962.6875 -264.4375 -6.3%
70 Alberni 5,046.625 4,906.0625 4,769.125 4,756.25 -290.375 -5.8%
61 Greater Victoria 21,511.6431 21,047.3934 20,493.7191 20,298.4379 -1,213.2052 -5.6%
59 Peace River South 4,906.4375 4,940.5625 4,725.625 4,663.5625 -242.875 -5.0%
68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith 16,234.75 15,886.375 15,747.0625 15,482.6975 -752.0525 -4.6%
35 Langley 20,114.1625 19,827.9375 19,627.8125 19,182.75 -931.4125 -4.6%
67 Okanagan Skaha 7,517.6875 7,434.8125 7,173.0625 7,171.0625 -346.625 -4.6%
64 Gulf Islands 1,754.1875 1,760.75 1,717.75 1,682.25 -71.9375 -4.1%
43 Coquitlam 32,762.25 32,417.3125 32,092.25 31,651 -1,111.25 -3.4%
71 Comox Valley 9,942.6562 9,873.3125 9,537.8125 9,606 -336.6562 -3.4%
23 Central Okanagan 22,129.625 21,743.0625 21,587.375 21,428.625 -701 -3.2%
78 Fraser-Cascade 2,349.25 2,293 2,289.25 2,275.375 -73.875 -3.1%
38 Richmond 23,281.2812 22,938.375 22,751.6875 22,638.375 -642.9062 -2.8%
44 North Vancouver 18,188.875 18,127.6875 17,900.8125 17,706.5 -482.375 -2.7%
48 Howe Sound 4,510.75 4,550.375 4,410.625 4,400.8125 -109.9375 -2.4%
22 Vernon 9,483.5 9,422 9,317.125 9,263.25 -220.25 -2.3%
39 Vancouver 58,238.6914 58,097.8043 57,609.3421 56,892.4761 -1,346.2153 -2.3%
37 Delta 17,300.3125 17,094.25 17,065.5 16,903.4376 -396.8749 -2.3%
60 Peace River North 5,892.5875 5,804 5,712.9375 5,771.3125 -121.275 -2.1%
63 Saanich 9,034.9375 9,086.0625 8,890.375 8,927.5625 -107.375 -1.2%
69 Qualicum 5,273.875 5,256.625 5,178.875 5,219.75 -54.125 -1.0%
41 Burnaby 24,132.413 23,988.5208 24,081.5319 23,934.7926 -197.6204 -0.8%
75 Mission 7,133.9 7,205.625 7,346.125 7,087 -46.9 -0.7%
62 Sooke 8,818.4375 8,789.375 8,787.375 8,793 -25.4375 -0.3%
45 West Vancouver 6,475.0625 6,482.5 6,545.25 6,538 62.9375 1.0%
42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 15,044.375 15,074.625 15,249.5625 15,207.5625 163.1875 1.1%
33 Chilliwack 12,489.74 12,758.6875 12,581 12,643.1875 153.4475 1.2%
34 Abbotsford 18,848.375 19,115.5 19,271.875 19,265.9375 417.5625 2.2%
36 Surrey 59,601.5085 60,805.0774 61,511.875 62,290.1875 2,688.679 4.5%
91 Nechako Lakes 5,393.5625 5,314.5312 5,778 5,711.375 317.8125 5.9%
40 New Westminster 6,096.625 6,057.3125 6,383.125 6,586.825 490.2 8.0%
92 Nisga'a 500.5 483 572 599 98.5 19.7%
93 Conseil scolaire francophone 2,682 2,752.625 2,964 3,256.25 574.25 21.4%
All Public 596,431.8346 588,809.0499 582,440.1 577,158.2757 -19,273.5589 -3.2%

Source: Ministry of Education 2000–01 to 2004–05 Enrolment Report Collection, Excel 2000 version, www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/enrol/collections.htm. In 2005 the Ministry of Education changed the data-reporting format and definitions used in their standard reports. Previous reports comparing student and teacher or student and administrator full-time-equivalents used ministry Standard Report #2077 as the source of student FTE data. SR#2077 is no longer available, making comparisons with previous reports difficult. Included in the numbers reported here are school-age and adult students enrolled in public schools in the following programs: Alternate Education, Continuing Education, Distance Education, Long-Term PRP, Standard School, and Youth Custody. These were previously reported separately. School-age students are those "who are 5 or older as of December 30 of the school year, and 19 or younger as of June 30 at the end of the school year." Adult students are "20 years of age or older as of June 30 at the end of the school year." Also, in this report, FTE refers to enrolment, not funded enrolment, and includes all students working toward a Dogwood Certificate, excluding home-schooled students.

For a comparison of staffing changes, refer to a previously published research report, "Teacher, Administrative Officer, and Student numbers, 2001–02 to 2004–05" (2005-TD-01) available on the Web atbctf.ca/ResearchReports/2005td01/report.htmlor from chawkey@bctf.ca.

Other research reports providing demographic information about the public school system in B.C. are available on the BCTF web site at bctf.ca/ResearchReports/#Demographics.

For more information about the data in this report contact Colleen Hawkey at chawkey@bctf.ca.


 

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