Elkhorn Public Schools welcomed nearly 8,400 K-12 students on August 17, marking the 30th consecutive year of enrollment growth. Although enrollment will not be official until the end of September, preliminary numbers show more than a 7.5 percent increase from last year.

EPS opened its 10th elementary school, Arbor View, near 208th and Fort Streets. Students who attend Arbor View come from the northwest part of the school district. The school, which is home to the ‘Explorers,’ helped alleviate crowding at Elkhorn’s first elementary school—Westridge.

The District’s kindergarten class set yet another record in 2016-17, topping 750 students. The growing number of students in the elementary grades has the administration looking towards the future. “We are redefining what we’ve said is the near future,” said Superintendent Steve Baker. “The students who will attend Elkhorn’s third high school are in our classrooms now.” If today’s 3rd graders were freshman and the 6th graders were seniors—Elkhorn High School would be at capacity, Baker explained. “That’s not accounting for any growth—and the fact is, we know we’ll grow.”

Over the last three school years, the District has added approximately 1,600 new students, which is equivalent to the size of many Class B school districts in Nebraska.