School Enrollment Spikes & Dips

Enrollment at North Valley schools rose just 1 percent overall this year compared to last, but several saw significant change, as expected trends in population shifts played out and most charter schools and the lone private school expanded. [This article focuses on schools in NoPho, the I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River.]

With the addition of its new high school, Caurus Academy saw an additional 157 students walk through its doors this fall, for a 39 percent enrollment increase over last year. North Valley Christian Academy, which moved its K-8 program to a new campus along 27th Drive, south of Carefree Highway, and expanded to offer high school in 2017, saw a 42 percent increase in its student population with the addition of juniors and seniors this year.

In Deer Valley Unified School District, enrollment declined at Anthem School, Sunset Ridge School and Diamond Canyon School, following predictions in DVUSD’s most recent demographer’s report pointing to an aging population in Anthem and increased competition from charter schools in the area.


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Meanwhile, Sonoran Foothills School grew nearly 15 percent, due at least in part to ongoing residential growth between Happy Valley and Dove Valley roads. To accommodate new students expected in the fast-growing area between Happy Valley and Dove Valley roads, DVUSD is considering a land exchange with USAA for a new school in the company’s Union Park at Norterra planned community

At the high school level, Sandra Day O’Connor gained 122 students, Barry Goldwater lost 92 and Boulder Creek lost 49.

At the other area charter schools, Ridgeline Academy grew just over 8 percent, while Adams Traditional dipped 10 percent.

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NoPho resident Karen Goveia joined In&Out Publications in 2009 and is managing editor. Goveia is a Chicagoland native with two decades of experience in the news industry, starting as a reporter for a chain of weekly papers serving Chicago’s suburbs and later serving as managing editor within the chain.
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NoPho resident Karen Goveia joined In&Out Publications in 2009 and is managing editor. Goveia is a Chicagoland native with two decades of experience in the news industry, starting as a reporter for a chain of weekly papers serving Chicago’s suburbs and later serving as managing editor within the chain.

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