Boston high school enrollment drops

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Boston’s school system is grappling with declining high school enrollment, leaving nearly 3,000 seats empty and raising questions about possible school closures.

In the most-dire situations, a handful of schools, such as Another Course to College in Brighton and the English High School in Jamaica Plain, are operating in buildings less than half full.

At the Burke High School in Dorchester, a $50 million renovation five years ago that included a new gymnasium, performing arts center, and cafeteria has done little to entice students to enroll, and more than half of the seats are empty.

The problem is expected to accelerate as the school system faces intensifying competition from charter schools, which are adding 1,500 seats over the next few years.

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