Gary Community Schools data taken from the Public Corporation Transfer Report (Credit: Indiana Department of Education)
A new state report shows the number of students who transfer in or out of the school corporation boundary they reside in to attend other districts, charter schools or private schools.
The Public Corporation Transfer Report was created by a 2017 state law. The intent is to offer a better understanding of the mobility of students living within a school corporation’s boundary, according to the Indiana Department of Education who compiled and released it.
Gary Community Schools had the highest percentage of students not attending district at 61 percent. The district was taken over by the state last year due to an ongoing financial crisis.
Union School Corporation in Modoc was second – with 53 percent of students in its boundary leaving.
The report is available as a spreadsheet and provides a summary of each school district based on Fall 2017 enrollment data.
The state's largest school corporation, Indianapolis Public Schools, reported 39 percent of students living in its boundary chose to attend other types of schools or districts for the 2017-18 school year.
Fort Wayne had the most students opt to attend a private school that accepts vouchers at 13 percent.
But other school districts have more students transferring in, than out.
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation in Mishawaka had a net gain of 1,300 students enrolling from other districts.