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Projections of Education Statistics to 2016
NCES 2008-060
December 2007


Table 2.  Actual and projected numbers for enrollment in elementary and secondary schools, by organizational level and control of school: Fall 1991 through fall 2016

[In thousands]
Year  Total    Public    Private 
PK–121 Elementary Secondary   PK–12 Elementary Secondary   PK–121 Elementary Secondary
Actual 
1991  47,728 32,009 15,719 42,047 27,490 14,557 5,681 4,518 1,163
1992 2 48,500 32,478 16,022 42,823 27,950 14,874 5,677 4,528 1,148
1993  49,133 32,805 16,328 43,465 28,269 15,196 5,668 4,536 1,132
1994 2 49,898 32,909 16,989 44,111 28,285 15,827 5,787 4,624 1,162
1995  50,759 33,336 17,423 44,840 28,614 16,226 5,918 4,721 1,197
1996 2 51,544 33,461 18,083 45,611 28,741 16,870 5,933 4,720 1,213
1997  52,071 33,835 18,237 46,127 29,109 17,018 5,944 4,726 1,218
1998 2 52,526 34,005 18,521 46,539 29,257 17,281 5,988 4,748 1,240
1999  52,875 34,183 18,692 46,857 29,419 17,439 6,018 4,765 1,254
2000 2 53,373 34,382 18,991 47,204 29,504 17,700 6,169 4,878 1,292
2001  53,992 34,736 19,255 47,672 29,743 17,929 6,320 4,993 1,326
2002 2 54,403 34,710 19,694 48,183 29,824 18,359 6,220 4,886 1,334
2003  54,639 34,640 20,000 48,540 29,879 18,662 6,099 4,761 1,338
2004 2 54,928 34,704 20,224 48,795 29,931 18,864 6,133 4,773 1,360
 
Projected 
2005  55,139 34,629 20,510 49,028 29,893 19,135 6,111 4,736 1,376
2006  55,524 34,929 20,595 49,370 30,150 19,220 6,155 4,779 1,375
2007  55,762 35,169 20,592 49,610 30,386 19,224 6,152 4,784 1,368
2008  55,966 35,492 20,474 49,812 30,687 19,125 6,154 4,805 1,348
2009  56,186 35,851 20,335 50,028 31,017 19,011 6,158 4,834 1,324
2010  56,480 36,240 20,239 50,303 31,367 18,936 6,177 4,873 1,304
2011  56,857 36,670 20,188 50,653 31,749 18,904 6,204 4,921 1,284
2012  57,338 37,093 20,245 51,093 32,118 18,975 6,245 4,975 1,270
2013  57,872 37,469 20,403 51,579 32,437 19,142 6,293 5,032 1,261
2014  58,486 37,860 20,625 52,135 32,772 19,363 6,350 5,088 1,262
2015  59,147 38,194 20,953 52,733 33,061 19,672 6,414 5,133 1,281
2016  59,780 38,548 21,232   53,300 33,369 19,931   6,481 5,179 1,301
1 Includes private nursery and prekindergarten enrollment in schools that offer kindergarten or higher grades.
2 Private school numbers are estimated based on data from the Private School Universe Survey.
NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures. For private schools, it was assumed that numbers for elementary are the same as those in table 1 for grades PK–8, and numbers for secondary are the same as those in table 1 for grades 9–12. Designation of grades as elementary or secondary varies from school to school. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 1991–92 through 2004–05; Private School Universe Survey (PSS), selected years 1991–92 through 2003–04; and National Elementary and Secondary Enrollment Model, 1972–2004. (This table was prepared November 2006.)
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