The Complexity of our School District
Looking Back on the 2016-17 School Year
High Population and City Dynamic
- According to our records, the Burlington School District currently has 3935 students enrolled. This compares to 2672 in South Burlington and 859 in Winooski (AOE Enrollment Report, 2016-17).
- For the 2015-16 school year, 89% of our K – 12 students remained in the same school for the entire year (State Census).
- We have 1758 students or 44.67% of our students receiving free or reduced lunch. This compares to a 30% Chittenden County average (NCES National Statistics 2014-15). Currently, with a population of 924, at Burlington High School we have 45.3% of students eligible.
English Language Learning
- 44.67% of students speak at least one language other than English at home.
- 45 different languages other than English are represented within our District.
- 649 Students or 16.6% of students receive services as English Language Learners (ELL).
- ELL students often arrive at different times throughout the year, sometimes causing students to enroll late in the school year, adding greater complexity to meeting the needs of this population.
- At Burlington High School, it is estimated that 85 % of English Learners are identified as Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE).
- There are 729 students or 18.8% with an Individual Education Program (IEP). 69% of all students on IEPs required some type of behavioral interventions based on disability category.
- We have 24% of total students who are identified as having a disability and on a plan (IEP or 504 Plan). Additionally we have 81 students with IEPs who are served in the Early Education Program.
Our Spending Based on Needs
- According to the latest Agency of Education Statistical Report (2015), we spend $165, 000 more than the state average on Pupil Support Spending.
- We spend $880,000 more on food than the state average.
- We spend $500,000 less on general administrative costs than the state average.