Round Rock ISD was a small, rural school district with a student population under 1,000 students for the first sixty years of its existence. Although several smaller districts in the area consolidated with Round Rock ISD during the 1940s, a significant increase in student population did not occur since the land acquired was sparsely populated.

The district increased substantially in physical size again in December 1969 through its consolidation with the Pond Springs Common County Line School District. The consolidation added 24 square miles of largely undeveloped west-side real estate.

“White Flight” brings students north
Student enrollment grew steadily in the sixties and early seventies, and by the 1972-73 school year, enrollment reached 2,352 students. District publications attribute the increase to “sun belt fever”¹ and the opening of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation plant. The most significant increase, however, came as a result of “white flight” due to Austin ISD’s desegregation and crosstown busing of African American students starting in the mid 1970s. As the Austin American Statesman reported in November 28, 1976, 1,202 fewer Anglo students were enrolled in Austin ISD during the 1975-76 school year.² In the same article, Round Rock ISD Superintendent Noel Grisham acknowledged that Austin’s loss in white enrollment has benefited the Round Rock school system and that more students are attending Round Rock’s schools than ever. Grisham noted that this was partially due to “white flight” from Austin.

Four decades of steady growth
Student enrollment in Round Rock ISD continued to increase for the next several years, and by 1978, Round Rock ISD was the fastest growing school district in Texas – adding nearly 1,000 students per year. According to the Austin American Statesman, “the district has come to be seen as a refuge from school desegregation cases in Austin that might involve going to school with substantial numbers of blacks and Mexican-Americans with massive busing possibly necessary to achieve it.”³ The district began the decade with 1,689 students and added 7,547 additional students from 1970 through 1979.

Round Rock ISD’s enrollment pushed over the 10,000 student mark during the early 1980s. During that decade, the district added 8,462 students to total 18,881 students. The 1990s saw and increase of 10,310 students. The largest decade of student growth, however, came during the 2000s, when a total of 11,241 additional students enrolled in Round Rock ISD. This pushed the district over 40,000 students with a total enrollment of 42,777 students.

Growth slows
During each of the past four decades Round Rock ISD recorded increases of students that bested the previous decade. As of present, the district’s enrollment is 50,135 4 students. Growth during the 2010s is on target to end this 40 year streak of adding more students than the previous decade. Increases in student enrollment during 2010-2019 is on target to be less than the “white flight” era of growth that started the district’s tremendous growth spurt during the 1970s. As of 2018, The Texas Education Agency no longer considers Round Rock ISD to be a “fast growth district.” 5

Enrollment Data

1930-1960

1930: 214
1950: 654

Over 20 year period, an increase of 440 students

1960-69

1960-61: 1,052
1961-62: unknown
1962-63: unknown
1963-64: unknown
1964-65: unknown
1965-66: 1,188
1966-67: 1,210
1967-68: 1,244
1968-69: 1,341
1969-70: 1,741

Increase of 689 students

1970-79

1970-71: 1,689
1971-72: 1,932
1972-73: 2,352
1973-74: 2,932
1973-75: 3,536
1975-76: 4,418
1976-77: 5,751
1977-78: 7,173
1978-79: 8,066
1979-80: 9,236

Increase of 7,547 students

1980-89

1980-81: 10,419
1981-82: 11,386
1982-83: 12,015
1983-84: 13,234
1984-85: 15,050
1985-86: 16,392
1986-87: 17,567
1987-88: 17,523
1988-89: 18,180
1989-90: 18,881

Increase of 8,462 students

1990-99

1990-91: 19,776
1991-92: 20,806
1992-93: 21,909
1993-94: 22,925
1994-95: 23,951
1995-96: 25,029
1996-97: 26,371
1997-98: 27,171
1998-99: 28,464
1999-00: 30,086

Increase of 10,310 students

2000-09

2000-01: 31,536
2001-02: 32,607
2002-03: 34,029
2003-04: 35,493
2004-05: 36,567
2005-06: 37,767
2006-07: 39,092
2007-08: 40,398
2008-09: 41,461
2009-10: 42,777

Increase of 11,241 students

2010-present

2010-11: 44,590
2011-12: 44,862
2012-13: 45,588
2013-14: 46,535
2014-15: 47,251
2015-16: 47,653
2016-17: 48,142
2017-18: 48,919
2018-19: 50,1354

as of 09-04-2018, an increase of 5,545 students

1 Your School Board Welcomes you to the Meeting of the Board of Education. 1982-83. Round Rock Independent School District. p. 3.

2 Garcia, Arnold Jr. (1976, November 28). Student enrollment drop raises ‘flight’ question. The Austin American Statesman, pp. A1, A17.

3 McNeely, Dave (1978, September 24). Academic quality, no busing boost Round Rock Schools. The Austin American Statesman, p. C5.

District Enrollment Reports

TEA Annual Report: Round Rock ISD

 

Enrollment Data:

09/26/95_grohist.pdf “Round Rock Independent School District Growth History 1965-1995.”

JC_Student Enrollment Growth.xls 1993-2018 PEIMS data report