December 1, 2022

Enrollment in Ames for 2021-2022

Across the state, October 1 marks the official “count day” for certified enrollment, the annual report of enrolled resident students used for the Iowa School Finance Formula calculation. The October count funds the next fiscal year’s budget. Here is a snapshot of key statistics:

  • Certified enrollment used for the Iowa School Finance Formula calculation is 4,440 students. This is a decrease of 45 students from a year ago. 
  • The total number of school aged students (K-12) provided instructional programs is 4,558 (a decrease of 98 from a year ago).
  • Enrollment in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program is down 69 students. These students are funded at .5 resulting in a loss of revenue of 35 students. 

Certified enrollment is used for funding purposes with the state of Iowa. The actual number of students served in Ames is higher because it accounts for students who are also open-enrolled in Ames, and this number better reflects enrollment in our District.

Certified enrollment is a weighted formula that does not count all students as 1.0 for funding purposes for various programs. The actual number of PK-12th grade students served in our District on October 1 was 5,006. This includes students through our state-wide voluntary partner preschool programs, non-public and public shared time agreements, and our homeschool assistance program (HSAP). These numbers play a critical role in identifying demographic and capacity trends in our District and serve as the foundation for calculating certified enrollment. 

Ames has several students who attend from outside Districts. Non-resident students who enroll into Ames due to open enrollment, whole grade sharing agreements, and tuitoned in equals 398 students. Compared to 279 students from within Ames who enroll out. This is a difference of 119 students.