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Proviso Probe

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

ED, attendance up at R-B [D208]

Riverside/Brookfield Landmark (Bob Skolnik):
More students are attending Riverside-Brookfield High School this year than at any time since 1980, according to Principal/Superintendent Jack Baldermann. At the end of the first week of classes in the 2006-07 school year 1,490 students have enrolled at RB Baldermann said. That is an increase from the 1,414 students who attended RB last year.

Two things caught my attention about the causes of R-B gaining students.

One, students are transfering from private schools. Since R-B's reputation is pretty consistent, I expect that this is a reflection of middle class families calculating they can't afford private school. See the earlier entry about declining median incomes.

The other explanation is transfers.
"Most of [relocating students] are moving from the surrounding area. The plurality are coming from Morton High School."

Is R-B going to become a more and more Latino high school? What implications does this have?


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