CONCORD – According to statistics provided by the N.H. Department of Education, the 2006 freshman class at Laconia High School, which was the graduating class of 2010, had 224 students.
By 2010, the incoming freshman class consisted of the 149 students who comprised the 2014 graduating class. In five years, the drop in the number of freshman students was 33 percent.
Statewide, there were 16,773 freshmen in 2006 and 14,984 freshman in 2010 — a drop of 1,789 students in public schools. This figure includes state charter schools but doesn't include private and/or religious schools. Over all that represents a 10.66 percent drop in public school students.
Belmont High School had 128 students in freshman class of 2010 and 100 in freshman class of 2010 or graduating class of 2014. This represented a decrease of 23 percent. The Belmont freshman class includes students from Canterbury.
Gilford High School had a freshman class in 2006 of 155 students. In 2010, the freshman class was 130 students or a drop of 25 students or 16.12 percent. The Gilford freshman class includes students from Gilmanton.
In 2010, Newfound Regional had a 116 students in the 2006 freshman class. In 2010 there were 101 students in the freshman class or a 12 percent decline in student enrollment.
Winnisquam had 146 students in the 2006 freshman class cohort while the number of students in the 2010 freshman class decreased to 118 in 2014 or dropped 19 percent.
At Inter-Lakes High School, the 2006 freshman class had 108, an amount that dropped to 93 in the 2010 freshman class. This represents a decrease of 13.8 percent.
The 2010 class in Franklin was 129 students while the number of students in the class of 2014 was 107, reflecting a drop of 17 percent. Beginning next year, students from Hill will be attending the Newfound Regional School District and not Franklin, although juniors and seniors will be allowed to complete their diploma programs at Franklin.
At Prospect Mountain in Alton, 136 students began in the 2006 freshman class while 142 students started in the 2010 freshman class making the Alton and Barnstead area the only area in the Lakes Region that has actually seen an increase in young people coming into to the area.
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