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High capture rate says District 196 holds on to its students

Nearly nine of 10 school-aged children who live in Independent School District 196 are attending District 196 schools this year.

According to the district's official enrollment report for 2011-12, there were 28,464 school-aged children living within District 196 on Oct. 1 this year. Of those children, 24,848, approximately 87 percent, are attending District 196 schools. The number of children living in District 196 who are home schooled or attend traditional non-public schools has declined in each of the past five years, from 2,356 in 2007-08 to 2,200 this year.

The percentage of students attending school in the district where they live, also called capture rate, is a reflection of the quality of the local public schools, as well as the presence of charter schools, nonpublic schools and other educational options in and near the district. A capture rate of more than 80 percent is considered high for public school districts in Minnesota. Students who open enroll into the district are not included in the calculation of capture rate.