Official numbers show enrollments for the Public School System in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas are down this year compared to last year.
10,913 students are enrolled in the elementary and secondary schools, as well as the Early Intervention Program, Headstart and the Advance Development Institute.
This is a 3.42 percent decrease from last year's enrollment total of 11,299.
The peak number for enrollment during the last five years was in 2005-2006, when 11,718 students were enrolled.
Education Commissioner, Rita Sablan, says there is no data available to explain the drop in numbers.
She says she suspects it has to do with families moving off island.