Denver Public Schools commissioned Shift and Denver Regional Council of Governments to develop an enrollment forecast to answer the question: How many children will be enrolled in a Denver Public School in the next five years? Shift's findings estimate that, after growing for nearly two decades, Denver Public Schools' student population will drop almost two percent by 2021. This decrease in enrollment is attributed to lower post-Great Recession birth rates and Denver's rising housing prices, which are displacing lower-income families. To learn more, download the report below, which includes the full analysis, key findings and data visualizations.
Shift did critical work for DPS students and families, helping us understand the future of enrollment across the district by analyzing the intersection of student enrollment, housing patterns and demographic trends. Because of the work, we are able to make better strategic decisions for the future of our schools.
fewer students will be enrolled in DPS by 2021.