In five years, the halls of the Mansfield public schools may be emptier than they are now. After years of consistent growth, it appears that the enrollment numbers in the Mansfield schools are now on a downward trend. With enrollment at all four schools reaching at least 1,000 students only three years ago, projections though the 2017-18 school year show only the high school will remain above 1,000 students with both elementary schools decreasing to fewer than 800 pupils.
Across the district, the current decrease from the high of 4,824 students during the 2009-10 school year is expected to continue as enrollment numbers fall across the school district. By the 2017-18 school year, a decrease of over 1,000 students compared to enrollment figures from five years ago is expected. Currently, there are 4,413 students in the district, with the projections for the 2017-18 school year bringing the number down to 3,780 students.
At the high school, there are currently 1,399 students compared to school record of 1,504 students during the 2009-10 school year. Projections over the next five years show the high school’s enrollment numbers decreasing steadily to 1,310 students with no increases during the period.
With a high of 1,218 students during the 2006-07 school year, the Qualters Middle School is projected to have 907 students enrolled in five years. Currently, there are 1,124 students at the middle school.
Both the Robinson and Jordan/Jackson Elementary Schools will experience drops of around 300 pupils from their initial highs of 1,059 and 1,154 students during the 2006-07 school year. The Robinson School is projected to decrease to 774 students and the Jordan/Jackson School is predicted to have a slightly higher enrollment of 789 students.
The decrease in students is expected to have a positive effect on class sizes. By FY2018, average class sizes in grades K-8 are expected to be between 18–22 students. Currently the average ranges from 20-27 students. Similar statistics for the high school were not available.