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3,000 students missing from Buffalo schools

At the end of the second week of school, more than 3,000 students still had not shown up in the Buffalo Public Schools.

(That's some improvement over the 5,300 kids who were missing at the end of the first week of school, but still nearly 10 percent of the student population.)

Students in hallway Where are all these students?

Some have enrolled in charter schools or private schools. Some have moved. Some have dropped out.

This happens every year.

And it's worst at the lowest-performing schools.

Consider: At the Academy School 131, the district's version of an alternative program, 157 students were signed up for school this year. By the end of the first week, 56 of them had shown up. A week later, that number had crept up to 82 -- meaning about half the students in that program just hadn't shown up at all by the end of the second week of school.

At International Prep and Bennett High School, about one out of four students had not shown up by the end of the second week.

Compare that to City Honors and da Vinci, where 3 percent of students were unaccounted for by the end of the second week.

The picture is somewhat better in the city's elementary schools. But still, at eight elementary schools -- about one in six -- more than 10 percent of the students were nowhere to be found by the second week of school.

Here are the latest numbers, broken out by individual school. (By way of explanation, the number of students enrolled are those who had signed up to attend the school. The number registered reflects how many had actually shown up at least once by the given date.)

Elementary schools:

School Enrolled 2010-11 Enrolled 9/6/11 Registered 9/9/11 Registered 9/16/11 % enrolled who are registered 9/16/11
D'Youville Porter 645 670 614 645 96%
BEST 589 621 502 564 91%
Early Childhd Ctr 17 424 421 371 402 95%
Pantoja 456 530 485 513 97%
Native Am Magnet 440 524 479 498 95%
Hillery Park 576 602 564 578 96%
Frank Sedita 724 789 698 740 94%
Harriett Ross Tubman 482 551 462 515 93%
Bennett Park 851 876 581 737 84%
Bilingual Center 33 513 517 451 480 93%
Futures Academy 568 582 465 535 92%
MLK 731 769 636 720 94%
Lovejoy Discovery 538 587 532 570 97%
Intl School 45 879 720 645 714 99%
Community Schl 53 394 445 362 405 91%
Blackman 483 525 445 474 90%
Olmsted 56 315 378 325 336 89%
Drew Science Magnet 470 516 443 473 92%
Early Childhd Ctr 61 316 308 251 281 91%
Olmsted 64 512 529 474 485 92%
Roosevelt 369 384 359 366 95%
North Park Middle 424 437 361 379 87%
Discovery 579 581 561 568 98%
Houghton 526 537 463 509 95%
Lorraine 591 631 571 590 94%
Hamlin Park 514 560 454 509 91%
Badillo 620 681 569 623 91%
Grabiarz 370 665 567 613 92%
Highgate Heights 571 613 496 533 87%
School 81 707 681 604 620 91%
Early Childhd Ctr 82 469 499 431 481 96%
Erie Co Health Ctr 36 39 33 66 169%
Wright 858 866 745 803 93%
Drew ECC 90 386 345 310 345 100%
BUILD 624 624 506 546 88%
Southside 1,040 1,103 1,001 1,017 92%
West Hertel 554 667 570 609 91%
Waterfront 916 937 827 864 92%
Austin 329 421 355 391 93%
Makowski 867 898 737 774 86%
Academy 131 (7-8 gr) 60 2 34 57%
Perf Arts (5-8 gr) 294 299 282 285 95%
City Honors (5-8 gr) 406 411 406 409 100%
MST (5-8 gr) 138 154 127 140 91%
Intl Prep (5-8 gr) 143 235 167 201 86%
Lafayette   205 179 190 93%
WNYDTC (7-8 gr) 4 6 6 6 100%
Elementary total: 23,241 24,999 21,474 23,136

93%

 

High school:

School Enrolled 2010-11 Enrolled 9/6/11 Registered 9/9/11 Registered 9/16/11 % enrolled who are registered 9/16/11
OTC 42 62 64 60 63 98%
Olmsted 56 173 239 216 222 93%
Erie Co Health Ctr 32 39 30 31 79%
Academy 131   157 56 82 52%
Performing Arts 543 553 506 523 95%
City Honors 474 483 468 470 97%
Math Science Tech 253 282 237 266 94%
International Prep 290 321 179 235 73%
Bennett 873 942 637 714 76%
Lafayette 688 578 440 507 88%
Riverside 776 825 664 737 89%
South Park 829 814 692 751 92%
da Vinci 384 397 381 384 97%
Burgard 630 690 474 577 84%
Emerson 465 472 417 438 93%
Hutch Tech 1,068 1,106 1,041 1,052 95%
McKinley 1,110 1,152 963 1,049 91%
East 635 600 418 490 82%
Middle College 302 321 291 298 93%
WNYDTC 5 3 4 4 133%
High school total: 9,592 10,038 8,174 8,893 89%

 

- Mary Pasciak

facebook.com/mary.pasciak     twitter.com/SchoolZoneBlog    mpasciak@buffnews.com

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