Enrollment at Delta Chart School has reached an all-time high as 760 students began the 2013-14 school year on August 14.
Dave Thoming, superintendent of New Jerusalem School District, said this was the first time in the charter school’s history they started the year with more students than there were at the end of the previous school year.
The charter school ended the 2012-13 school year with 750 students, graduating 155 seniors from the charter’s high school in June.
The start of the charter high school last year had a little more 700 students.
Thoming credited the new Teranishi Events Center as one of the main reasons for the higher enrollment.
"We’ve taken a huge leap in the events center," Thoming said. "A lot of our enrollment has something to do with this facility. Before you had to give up some of the high school experience but now we have a home court and sports teams."
The events center will be the home court for the Delta Charter High volleyball team and both boys and girls basketball playing in Division VII leagues.
The events center will also be used for high school events including sports and school rallies, music concerts and senior graduation.
"That’s a huge part of high school," Thoming said. "Those are precious moments and you only have one shot at them."
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