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You may have seen my story on provincial enrolment and the significant ongoing increase in home schooling a few days ago, and thirsted for more information.

Don’t you always?

You can read that story here.

Meanwhile, I’d dug through the annual provincial enrolment report, and pulled out all sorts of oodles of nifty stats.

Alas, space was a consideration.

Despair not, for here you can see which forms of education grew or dropped in students, which divisions gained the most students and which lost the most; you’ll learn that the biggest schools tended to remain the biggest, but most dropped in enrolment — what had seemed an inexorable growth to 2,000 students for Sisler and Maples is no longer an immediate-future bet.

And there are the small city schools, some of which would have been closed by now were it not for the province’s 2008 moratorium on closing schools.

As Jackie Gleason said back in my childhood, And away we go....

Students in each type of school available in Manitoba in 2013-2014 (gain or loss of students, percentage gains or losses over 2012-2013)

All forms of education 199,532 (plus 303, plus 0.2 per cent)

Public schools 181,457 (minus 277, minus 0.2 per cent)

Funded independent schools 13,926 (plus 32, plus 0.2 per cent)

Non-funded independent schools 1,334 (plus 132, plus 11 per cent)

Home schooling 2,815 (plus 416, plus 17.3 per cent)

Divisions gaining students over 2012-2013

Seine River 233

Frontier 151

Brandon 126

Seven Oaks 118

Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine 107

Divisions losing students over 2012-2013

River East Transcona 255

Winnipeg 194

Lord Selkirk 136

Red River Valley 61

Kelsey, Sunrise 57

Largest schools in Manitoba (gain or loss over 2012-2013)

Sisler 1,870 (-14)

Maples 1,680 (-4)

Garden City 1,397 (-7)

Steinbach Regional 1,379 (-15)

Kelvin 1,336 (-22)

Kildonan East 1,301 (+17)

Tec Voc 1,297 (+53)

Sturgeon Heights 1,262 (-64)

Glenlawn 1,224 (+8)

Helen Betty Osborne 1,210 (+46)

Lord Selkirk 1,208 (-50)

Vincent Massey (Wpg) 1,205 (-42)

Grant Park 1,181 (-25)

Crocus Plains 1,174 (-43)

Daniel MacIntyre 1,169 (-31)

Dakota 1129 (-51)

Fort Richmond 1,076 (+22)

Stanley Knowles 1,061 (+45)

Portage 1,055 (-33)

Miles Macdonell 1,039 (-115)

St. John’s 1,016 (-50)

Smallest schools in Winnipeg (gain or loss over 2012-2013)

Chapman 73 (+1)

Sherwood 94 (-12)

Westgrove 101 (-28)

Dr. D. W. Penner 106 (-7)

Fort Rouge 107 (-32)

Lord Wolseley 124 (-3)

Parc la Salle 125 (+4)

Tuxedo Park 131 (+8)

Collicutt 131 (zero)

Provencher 132 (-19)

Ralph Maybank 134 (+8)

Polson 137 (+4)

Marion 140 (+7)

Queenston 141 (-3)

Ness 143 (-28)

Glenelm 143 (-8)

Glenwood 145 (-22)

Source: compiled by The Free Press from provincial enrolment report data. Full report available here.

A few selected highlights from the enrolment report:

  • Reynolds Elementary School in Prawda is the smallest public school not on a Hutterite colony or not in a remote northern community, with seven students.
  • Archwood, La Barriere Crossing, and Governor Semple schools — all recently among the city’s smallest — have grown substantially in the last two or three years.
  • Garden Valley Collegiate in Winkler disappeared from the charts with the opening of Northlands Parkway Collegiate, the first time in recent memory that a community has gone from one high school to two.
  • Nursery to Grade 8 Stanley Knowles School is Manitoba’s largest school with elementary grades.
  • Ness Middle School is the only small-enrolment school in the city that is not elementary.
  • Linden Christian School remains the province’s largest independent school at 879 students, gaining three students over the year before.
  • Greenland School in Ste. Anne is the largest non-funded independent school at 85 kids.
  • Nine individual grades have 400 or more students, including all three grades from 10 to 12 at Steinbach Regional Secondary School.
  • Four schools have Grade 12 cohorts of 500-plus: Maples 590, Sisler 561, Winnipeg Adult Education Centre 549, Daniel McIntyre 515.

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About Nick Martin

Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.

He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.

Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.

Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.

Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.

Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.

Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.

A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.

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