State Education Department releases enrollment numbers

DES MOINES — The Department of Education’s 2023 fall enrollment numbers show a drop in the number of public school students, while private enrollment increased.

The Education Department’s figures show public school enrollment was down one-half a percent to 483,699. Non-public school enrollment was up  7.4% to 36,195 students as a new state law provided Education Savings Account for those attending private schools.

The data shows nearly 66% of those using the accounts were already attending private schools. The accounts let Iowa Iowa families apply for around $7600 for each student for private school expenses including tuition and fees.