Enrolments in ACT public schools are continuing to grow, the 2014 ACT Public Schools Census released today shows.
“ACT families and students are continuing to choose our public schools, with an increase in enrolments of 2.9 per cent in August 2014 compared with August last year, and 9 per cent since August 2010,” Ms Burch said.
“This continuing growth reflects the high standard of our public education system and community confidence in our public schools.”
Key results include:
- 42,236 students were enrolled in ACT public schools as at 1 August 2014, an increase of 1,189 students
- public primary schools enrolments increased by 1,088 (4.3 per cent)
- college enrolments increased by 158 (2.7 per cent)
- high school enrolments decreased marginally by 57 (-0.6 per cent)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student enrolments increased by 10.3 per cent from the previous year (146 students), and by 23.2 per cent (295 students) since August 2010
- specialist school enrolments increased by 5.3 per cent in 2014, with students accessing special education programs at either mainstream or specialist schools representing 5.4 per cent of the ACT student population.
“We have a strong and successful public education system in the ACT where our focus is on providing the best possible education for every student,” Ms Burch said.
“These figures show that parents and carers hold a great deal of confidence in our public school system and see it as equipping their children with the skills needed for the future.”
The ACT School Census August 2014 is available at:
(Joy Burch Media Release)