Martha’s Vineyard public school enrollment numbers stay steady

In this photo taken on the last day of school, from left, Porter Moehnke, Jack Marshard, Kevin Madeira, Brayden Scheffer, and Antone Moreis were all smiles as they anticipated summer vacation. Now it is time to return. — Photo by Michael Cummo

Martha’s Vineyard Public School enrollment is down just slightly, by five students, this year, according to a census of students physically present in school buildings on Oct. 1. That brings the total to 2,117 attending town elementary schools and Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS), compared with 2,122 in 2014.

Elementary school enrollment increased by 27 students, at 1,463 total. Oak Bluffs School gained 23 students, and West Tisbury School 32. Tisbury and Edgartown school enrollment numbers dropped slightly. The Tisbury School has 315 students in K-8. The Edgartown School has 356. After losing just one student last year, enrollment this year fell from 61 to 49 students at the Chilmark School.

The regional high school decreased by 32 students. This year’s junior class is the largest, with 180 students, and the freshman class the smallest, with 154 students. Boys continue to outnumber the girls. The total enrollment includes 347 boys and 307 girls, compared with 354 boys and 332 girls last year. Boys outnumber girls at all other Island schools, with the exception of Oak Bluffs, which has 19 more girls.

In comparing high school enrollments by town, Oak Bluffs shows the largest number, with 192 students. Aquinnah has 12 students at the high school, and West Tisbury 106. Chilmark has 24 high school students, and Edgartown 175. Tisbury sends 145 students to the high school. There are 654 total students at the high school.

The enrollment census is a state requirement, and the numbers are used in calculations for funding and to determine town assessments.