Friday, June 7, 2013

Looking at area trends in new OHSAA enrollment figures

The OHSAA released enrollment figures for the 2013-14 and 14-15 school years earlier this week. Let's look at a few trends for area schools.

(A quick note: The enrollment figures are based on students in grades 9 through 11 in October 2012. Also, they are not subject to any potential competitive-balance ruling, which would not take effect until 2015).

-- One can see why the Chagrin Valley Conference is  on the verge of collapse, at least as far as the Chagrin Division for football. Look at the male enrollment figures: Kenston 395, Aurora 387, West Geauga 362, Harvey 355, Perry 256, Orange 252, Chagrin Falls 221, Wickliffe 197. That's with Kenston losing 21 boys over the past two years. Wickliffe is nearly twice as small as Aurora and Kenston, and it's smaller than the Metro Division's Beachwood (200).

-- For boys sports in the Premier Athletic Conference, South picked up 54 boys and North added 31, while Riverside took a tumble, losing 45. Here are the male enrollments: North 587, South 583, Riverside 566, Lakeside 490, Madison 452, Chardon 388, Geneva 327, University 309.

-- What division will reigning small-school state champion Villa Angela-St. Joseph be in for boys basketball the next two seasons? It could come down one student. VASJ's male enrollment increased from 105 to 122. It's going to be close to the dividing line between Division III and D-IV. A couple things to consider:
- The cutoff for Division IV the past two years was 122 boys, and there were 201 schools in D-IV for boys hoops.
- For 2013-15, VASJ is one of 206 schools with 122 or fewer boys (and one of four that have exactly 122).
It can't be assumed that every school in the 2013-15 figures has boys basketball. So as tempting as it is to speculate, we'll have to wait until the OHSAA announces the cutoffs for each division.

-- Some of our online commentors like to deride Mentor as "the biggest school in Ohio." While that hasn't been true in almost a decade, fear not for the Cardinals. Mentor checks in at a boys/girls total of 2,059, up 50 from 2011-13 and easily the biggest school in the area.  

-- Other big gains: Madison's total of 452 is up 50 from 2011-13 . ... Perry's boys enrollment increased by 22, and Wickliffe's girls total is up by 30. ... Cornerstone Christian and Fairport increased by 26 and 23 students, respectively. That might not sound like much, but they are two of the smallest schools in the area. Cornerstone is up to 122, and Fairport is at 150.

-- Other notable decreases: Beaumont dropped 57 girls. ... Berkshire's combined total is down 30. ... Chagrin Falls lost 22 boys. ... Euclid lost 92 total, including 59 fewer boys. ... NDCL dropped by 67.

- Howard Primer


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