LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WHAS11)— Jefferson County Public Schools have reached their highest enrollment in 25 years.
New figures released for this school year show JCPS has reached 100,534 students. That makes the district the largest in the state and the 28th largest in the nation.
Enrollment in JCPS has been on the rise for past 15 years.
School officials say the steady growth is because of some population increases around the county and new career themes at high schools. They also say more parents are turning to public schools instead of private schools in a down economy. The Archdiocese of Louisville says enrollment at its 48 catholic schools has decreased by about 2000 students over the past five years.
The biggest enrollment gains this year came from five high schools: Jeffersontown, Moore, Ballard, Iroquois and The Academy at Shawnee.