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However, fewer students than before the outbreak return to D.C.-area schools.

Enrollment in D.C.’s traditional public and charter sectors hit a milestone 96,572 students this year. It’s the highest enrollment recorded in 15 years, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser declared in November. Other school systems have also made gains since the first two years of the pandemic. Enrollment in D.C.’s public schools dropped by nearly 6 percent during the pandemic. But prekindergarten enrollment jumped by more than 6 percent.

Charter sector enrollment has held steady or grown almost every year since 2009. School system leaders also said they saw growth in ninth- and 10th-grade enrollment.