Lake Travis ISD reports overall enrollment growth, while Lake Travis Middle School sees considerable decrease

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Editor’s note: An earlier posting of this story stated Lake Travis Middle School would drop in enrollment by 727 students, but did not include the added context that the decrease would be directly related to the opening of Bee Cave Middle School.

Hudson Bend Middle School and Lake Travis Middle School saw a decrease in enrollment from the 2018-19 to 2019-20 school years.

Evalene Murphy, the assistant superintendent for human resource services, provided the Lake Travis ISD board of trustees with the district’s enrollment updates during a Sept. 18 regular meeting.

With the opening of LTISD’s new Bee Cave Middle School, Lake Travis Middle School saw a decrease of 727 students for the 2019-20 school year and Hudson Bend Middle School a decrease of 88 students.

Lakeway Elementary also saw a decrease of 18 students.

However, total district enrollment for the 2019-20 school year was reported at 11,072, an increase of 377 students from the 2018-19 school year.

Lake Travis High School saw an increase of 216 students in 2019-20, bringing the average LTISD average high school class size ratio to 28.7 students per teacher, which is lower than the local average of 30-1.

According to Evalene Murphy, in 2018-19, 15 classes in LTISD exceeded the local class size ratio, and in 2019-20, that will have increased to 16 classes.

The highest teacher-to-student ratio within those 16 classes was reported at 24 students to one teacher, which is only one student higher than the established grade ratio of 23 students to one teacher.

“We have some classes that are as low as 17 to 18 students per class,” Murphy said, adding that electives such as physical education are excluded from the established ratios.

Enrollment numbers are subject to change throughout the school year, Murphy said, adding that LTISD monitors these numbers on a daily basis.

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  1. Strange reporting in that it doesn’t mention the reason behind the decrease (opening of a new middle school).

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