|Violent incidents1||Serious violent incidents2||Theft3||Other incidents4|
|School characteristic||Total number of schools||Percent of schools||Number of incidents||Rate per 1,000 students||Percent of schools||Number of incidents||Rate per 1,000 students||Percent of schools||Number of incidents||Rate per 1,000 students||Percent of schools||Number of incidents||Rate per 1,000 students|
|Less than 300||19,200||60.6||137,700||34.4||12.3||7,300||!||1.8||!||33.3||21,400||5.4||47.6||36,200||9.1|
|1,000 or more||9,300||97.0||350,400||25.5||34.0||18,800||1.4||84.9||114,000||8.3||95.5||183,600||13.4|
|Percent combined enrollment of
Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific
Islander, or American Indian/
Alaska Native students
|Less than 5 percent||13,700||66.7||116,500||21.7||15.0||4,600||0.8||46.1||31,700||5.9||60.6||39,600||7.4|
|5 percent to less than 20 percent||21,400||72.7||226,100||18.8||13.7||7,400||0.6||43.0||66,400||5.5||62.0||87,400||7.3|
|20 percent to less than 50 percent||20,300||77.3||349,600||27.1||15.2||10,500||0.8||45.8||67,600||5.2||70.0||108,600||8.4|
|50 percent or more||27,600||80.5||640,300||36.6||22.5||35,800||2.0||52.4||103,300||5.9||72.9||203,900||11.7|
|Percent of students eligible for
free or reduced-price lunch
|Less than 12||42,200||71.8||563,400||29.1||15.3||25,100||1.3||41.5||105,700||5.5||61.4||166,300||8.6|
|More than 16||12,300||82.0||274,400||28.6||21.9||12,500||1.3||57.9||59,700||6.2||77.3||106,300||11.1|
|! Interpret data with caution.
1 Violent incidents include serious violent incidents; physical attack or fight without a weapon; and threat of physical attack without a weapon.
2 Serious violent incidents include rape or attempted rape; sexual battery other than rape; physical attack or fight with a weapon; threat of physical attack with a weapon; and robbery with or without a weapon.
3 Theft/larceny includes taking things worth over $10 without personal confrontation. Please see appendix B for a more detailed definition.
4 Other incidents include possession of a firearm or explosive device; possession of a knife or sharp object; distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs or alcohol; and vandalism.
5 Primary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. High schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 9. Combined schools include all other combinations of grades, including K–12 schools.
6 Student/teacher ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school by the total number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers and aides. The total number of FTE teachers and aides is a combination of full-time and part-time teachers and aides, including special education teachers and aides, with an adjustment for part-time status.
NOTE: Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. “At school” was defined for respondents to include activities that happen in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to include incidents that occurred before, during, or after normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Estimates of number of incidents and schools are rounded to the nearest 100.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007–08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2008.