Unlike most of the Recovery School District Schools in the greater Baton Rouge area, Kenilworth Science and Technology School, a charter school, added students over the past year.
The Recovery School District released to The Advocate unaudited Oct. 1 enrollment numbers for nine schools Monday, but did not have numbers for Kenilworth, a middle school in Baton Rouge that is independently run by the Pelican Educational Foundation.
Mark Lambert, whose public relations firm represents Kenilworth, told The Advocate Tuesday that Kenilworth had 521 students enrolled on Oct. 1, up from 479 on the same day in 2011.
By contrast, Capitol High was the only RSD-run school that added students — with 14 added over the past year.
The other eight RSD schools in the area lost students, with Istrouma High, operated last year by the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, losing 289 students, which is the most lost by an RSD schools. Collectively the nine RSD schools lost 853 students compared with a year ago.
Kenilworth was run by the East Baton Rouge Parish school system until 2009 and had 671 students in its last year of operation. Since Pelican won the charter to take over the chronically low-performing school, its enrollment, which started off at 447 students, has grown slowly over time.
Kenilworth is the last school taken over by the state for low performance that remains a charter school.
Seven other RSD schools were charter schools but reverted to more-traditional management in the past two years.
Every school year, the state takes official enrollment snapshots of all public schools on Oct. 1 and Feb. 1. The numbers drive state education funding, which is $8,733 per student in Baton Rouge, during 2012-2013.