Magnet programs drive increased enrollment in Jackson

JACKSON, Mich. — Jackson Public Schools saw enrollment gains after February’s count day, according to The Jackson Citizen Patriot. JPS reported an additional 117 students compared to last year’s head count, the largest rise in the nine years the state has tracked such data.

This is the third year in a row JPS has seen enrollment increase during the February count. According to The Citizen Patriot, Superintendent Dan Evans credits JPS’ magnet programs, like the fine arts program at Cascade Elementary and the International Baccalaureate curriculum at Sharp Park Academy.

The Citizen Patriot reports that count day can have big implications for a district’s finances. For JPS, each additional student means another $7,000 in state aid for the district.


The Jackson Citizen Patriot, “Jackson Public, Western and Northwest are among area schools seeing enrollment gains,” Feb. 8, 2012


Michigan Education Report, “Schools of choice has led to improved opportunities,” Jan. 2, 2012