Enrollment up at EHS, down slightly at EEMS



ELLSWORTH — Enrollment is “healthy” at Ellsworth schools, said Superintendent Dan Higgins at a School Board meeting on Tuesday evening.

“We’re looking at a total increase of 42 students,” at Ellsworth High School compared to April of last year, said Higgins, who said his numbers, current as of Tuesday afternoon, put enrollment at 504 students, compared to 452 on April 1. He called the increase “very noteworthy.”

Enrollment at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School (EEMS) is down by 10 students compared to last year, with 877 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, Higgins said.

“I think the biggest reason for that, however, is that when you look at the graduating eighth grade class that went to Ellsworth High School, that was our largest class — 113 students — we replaced them with 93 kindergartners, so that accounts for that drop.”

Despite the slight decrease at EEMS, said Higgins, “Those are healthy numbers and certainly indicative of not just the quality of our school system but the growth of our community, so we’re very pleased with that.”

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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