The Yakima School District’s enrollment fell in 2016 to 7,000, and this year the district is still counting on a third of its total students enrolling this year.
The district’s population is down from about 2.5 million in 2017 to about 2 million in 2019.
The reason for the enrollment decline is that the district lost a third student in the last two years to the Spokane Valley School District.
The Spokane Valley school district has had a similar population drop and enrollment decline, as the city of Spokane has lost about half of its population over the last decade.
Spokane’s enrollment is still more than double that of Yakima’s.
The Yakima District has been one of the state’s most successful districts in the past decade, according to the Brookings Institution.
The District’s fiscal year 2017 enrollment of about 2,500 students was about one-fifth of the district’s enrollment in 2019 and the same as the state average.