STUDY: Conroe ISD expected to add more than 13,500 students by 2028

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Over the next decade, Conroe ISD is expected to add more than 13,500 students to its enrollment, according to a recent demographics study conducted by Population and Survey Analysts.

PASA is a research organization that assists Texas school districts in long-range planning by projecting future student enrollment based on a variety of factors including housing and economic trends.

Deputy Superintendent Chris Hines presented an overview of the study during the CISD board of trustees meeting on Dec. 18. The study compared the demographics of CISD’s population to that of the Houston metro area, broke down growth annually until 2028 and examined which high schools should expect increasing student populations and which should anticipate decreases.

By 2028, CISD is expected to reach an enrollment of 76,560 students. At the start of the 2018-19 school year, CISD had enrollment of 63,014 students—a change of 13,546 students.

“That’s one of the themes [in this study]—students are coming,” Hines said. “We’re going to continue to grow—it’s not stopping yet.”

According to the study, while Conroe High School is expected to add more than 2,500 students over the next 10 years, The Woodlands High School is expected to lose more than 700 students.

See how CISD compares with the Houston metro area and how the school district is expected to change over the next decade, below:

Conroe ISD demographics
Median age: 36.7 years
Population ages 5-17: 20 percent
Median household income: $81,038
Mean travel time to work: 29.6 minutes
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness passage rate: 82.6 percent
Bachelor’s degree: 40 percent
Economically disadvantaged student population: 37.1 percent

Houston metro demographics
Median age: 34.4 years
Population ages 5-17: 19 percent
Median household income: $63,802
Mean travel time to work: 29.9 minutes
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness passage rate: 73.1 percent
Bachelor’s degree: 30 percent
Economically disadvantaged student population: 58.1 percent

Conroe ISD estimated enrollment
See how enrollment is expected to change, below:

Estimated enrollment by high school

Caney Creek High School
2018: 2,158
2028: 3,561
Change: +1,403

Conroe High School
2018: 4,199
2028: 6,765
Change: +2,566

Oak Ridge High School
2018: 2,359
2028: 2,748
Change: +389

The Woodlands High School
2018: 4,503
2028: 3,786
Change: -717

The Woodlands College Park High School
2018: 2,970
2028: 2,923
Change: -47

According to CISD officials, a more comprehensive report of the study will be presented at the Jan. 15 board meeting. For more information about PASA, click here.

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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.
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