Enrollment Increase in Abilene Charter and Private Schools


ABILENE, Texas (KRBC)– Two schools in Abilene have seen an increase in their enrollment.

Both Abilene Christian School and TLCA have noticed more interest in joining their education programs.

“We are at an all time high in enrollment which is about 380 students K-12.” Explained Van Gravitt, the Secondary Principal at ACS.

Not only their numbers grown, but Carmen Crane, the newest Principal at TLCA, said that last year they served 320 students and this year they are sitting at about 400.

Though TLCA is only a K-6 campus, they are expecting to continue their growth until they become a K-12 school.

“This year we added 6th grade, and next year we will add 7th grade, so we will continue to grow until we are a K-12 campus!” Added Crane.

With more students attending alternative schools, some may think that AISD has seen a decrease in their enrollment, but Phil Ashby, the Director of Communications, told KRBC otherwise.

“Over the past few years, we have seen pretty much a flat growth, I mean, we have shown small growth patterns from 17,000 students but nothing dramatic.” Explained Ashby.

Although both TLCA and ACS can’t pin-point why they have sudden growths, they are happy to be able to serve their community and teach the students of tomorrow.

“As long as we all work together to meet the students of Abilene then choice is a very good thing.”


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