Enrollment in La Plata County schools largely held steady last fall, with slight growth in Durango School District 9-R and Ignacio, while Bayfield saw a small decline.
District 9-R enrollment grew 0.4 percent, from 4,820 in fall 2007 to 4,839 in fall 2008.
"We're maintaining," said Laine Gibson, 9-R chief financial officer.
Enrollment in Bayfield School District shrank 1 percent, from 1,358 in 2007 to 1,345 in 2008.
At Ignacio School District, enrollment rose slightly, from 811 in 2007 to 813 in 2008, a 0.2 percent increase.
The censuses are conducted every fall in school districts throughout the state. The Colorado Department of Education released the fall 2008 data Thursday.
Gibson said much of the growth was from its Shared Schooling program, where private-school students and students schooled at home can participate in 9-R classes. Because these students are not full-time 9-R students, the district earns only partial funding for them.
The state statistics are a head count, while funding is awarded based on full-time equivalency.
Statewide, enrollment grew 2 percent, the strongest rate of growth since the 2001-02 school year.
Jefferson County R-1 continues to be the largest district in the state, with 85,887 students.
Among Colorado's 184 school districts, 9-R ranked 33rd, Bayfield ranked 64th and Ignacio was 80th.
School districts closely watch their enrollment because the state funds districts on a per-student basis.
District 9-R officials have expressed concern that Animas High School, a charter school due to open in phases beginning with its inaugural class in August, could draw students and their funding away from 9-R schools.
Animas High board members have sought to ease those fears, saying many of their students will come from home schooling, private schools and neighboring districts.