Saskatoon school boards experience rapid student growth

Both Saskatoon school boards see an increase in student enrolment for the 2016-17 school year. File/Getty Images

Student enrolment is on the rise at both Saskatoon school boards.

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools said enrolment exceeded growth expectations for the 2016-17 school year.

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Officials said 503 more students are attending classes when compared to last year, a three per increase, and exceeding their projections of an increase of 365 students, and bring total enrolment to 17,437.

They said part of the growth is due to kindergarten classes being offered for the first time in Martensville and Warman.

There is also an increase in the number of students enrolled in language programs, including Cree, French immersion and English as an additional language.

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Saskatoon Public Schools also reported an increase in enrolment, with 896 more students attending class this school year than in the previous year.

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Total enrolment for the 2016-17 school year is 24,919 students.

Officials said there were 574 students in the pre-kindergarten programs and 2,733 students require the use of English as an additional language teachers.

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