PreK-12 Enrollment & Demographics, 2017-2018 provides an overview of and examines PreK-12 education enrollment trends and demographics in the U.S.
This report, PreK-12 Enrollment & Demographics, 2017-2018, provides the most recent information available on how many school districts and how many schools there are in the U.S., including how many public schools are charter schools. There is public and private school enrollment data, broken down by elementary and secondary school. Data on charter school enrollment is broken out, with trends over time shown. Information also is provided on the growing numbers of students being homeschooled and students being educated at virtual schools and blended schools.
Additional data is provided on subgroups of students, including preschool students, English-language learners, students in poverty and students with disabilities.
The main source of the compiled data found in PreK-12 Enrollment & Demographics is the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, generally thought to be the most authoritative source for data of this type. However, because of the time lag before NCES updates data, additional information has been drawn from other respected sources including MCH Strategic Data, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.
Overall enrollment increases within U.S. PreK-12 education are good news for providers of instructional materials as they point to a larger student population needing education resources. To take advantage of the opportunities they represent, it is necessary to look at where the growth is occurring, both in terms of school enrollment and within student subgroups.
Table 1: Profile of U.S. School Districts By Size, 2017
Public School Enrollment On the Rise
Table 2: Trends in Public School Enrollment, 2013-2014 to 2026-2027P
Enrollment Patterns Vary Across the States
Table 3: Projected Percentage Change in Public School Elementary And Secondary Enrollment Fall 2014 to Fall 2026
Private Enrollment Sees Declining Trend
Table 4: Trends in Private School Enrollment, 1995-1996 to 2025-2026P
Charter Enrollment Rises
Table 5: Charter School Growth, 2004-2005 to 2014-2015
Table 6: Percentage of Public School Students Enrolled in Charter Schools, Fall 2014
Homeschool Enrollment Trends Up
Table 7: Sources of Homeschool Curriculum, 2016
Table 8: Growth in Students Being Homeschooled, 1999-2012
Table 9: Number of Students Being Homeschooled By State, 2016-2017
More Virtual Schools, Some Blended Schools
Table 10: Virtual Schools By Operator Status, 2015-2016
Table 11: Blended Schools By Operator Status, 2015-2016
An Opportunity in Lagging Performance
Students in Poverty Are Target for Vendors
Table 12: Percentage of Children Under Age 18 in Families Living in Poverty, 2015
Table 13: Percentage of Public School Students By School Poverty Level And School Locale, 2014-2015
Schools Become More Diverse
Table 14: Trends in English-Language Learner Enrollment, 2004-2005 to 2014-2015
Table 15: Top Ten Languages of Ell Students, 2014-2015
Table 16: Percentage of Public School Students Who Are Ell, 2014-2015
Special Needs Students Require Services
Table 17: Trends in Youth Receiving Idea Services, 1990-1991 to 2014-2015
State-Funded Prek Enrollment Swells
Table 18: Enrollment Growth in State-Funded Preschool Programs, 2013-2014 to 2015-2016
Table 19: Enrollment in State-Funded Preschool, 2015-2016