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Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts in the United States: 2003–04
NCES 2006-329
September 2006


Table A-1.  Selected statistics for the 100 largest school districts in the United States and jurisdictions, by school district: School year 2003–04
 
Name of reporting district City State County Number of students1   Number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers   Number of 2002–03 completers2   Number of schools
Total 11,280,667 672,175 551,581 16,178
 
New York City Public Schools  Brooklyn NY Kings 1,023,674 3  70,171 38,802 1,225
Los Angeles Unified  Los Angeles CA Los Angeles 747,009 35,493 27,655 693
Puerto Rico Department of Education  San Juan PR San Juan 584,916 42,444 35,013 1,523
City of Chicago School District  Chicago IL Cook 434,419 22,951 16,186 633
Dade County School District  Miami FL Dade 371,785 18,887 18,236 375
 
Broward County School District  Fort Lauderdale FL Broward 272,835 14,264 12,866 264
Clark County School District  Las Vegas NV Clark 270,529 13,483 10,395 298
Houston Independent School District  Houston TX Harris 211,499 12,277 8,350 308
Philadelphia City School District  Philadelphia PA Philadelphia 189,779 10,194 9,507 263
Hawaii Department of Education  Honolulu HI Honolulu 183,609 11,129 10,190 284
 
Hillsborough County School District  Tampa FL Hillsborough 181,900 11,020 8,832 237
Palm Beach County School District  West Palm Beach FL Palm Beach 170,260 9,359 9,219 213
Orange County School District  Orlando FL Orange 165,992 9,495 8,162 190
Fairfax County Public Schools  Fairfax VA Fairfax 164,235 12,293 11,364 204
Dallas Independent School District  Dallas TX Dallas 160,584 10,323 6,696 227
 
Detroit City School District  Detroit MI Wayne 153,034 6,719 5,975 261
Montgomery County Public Schools  Rockville MD Montgomery 139,201 9,007 8,923 194
San Diego City Unified  San Diego CA San Diego 137,960 7,421 6,622 185
Prince Georges County Public Schools Upper Marlboro MD Prince George's 137,285 8,119 7,762 203
Duval County School District Jacksonville FL Duval 129,557 6,976 6,105 179
 
Gwinnett County School District  Lawrenceville GA Gwinnett 129,014 8,221 6,571 98
Memphis City School District  Memphis TN Shelby 116,224 7,275 4,788 185
Pinellas County School District  Largo FL Pinellas 114,510 6,632 6,013 169
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools  Charlotte NC Mecklenburg 114,071 7,350 5,368 137
Wake County Schools  Raleigh NC Wake 109,424 7,302 6,185 126
 
Baltimore County Public Schools  Towson MD Baltimore 108,523 7,292 7,123 167
Cobb County School District  Marietta GA Cobb 102,034 6,867 6,015 106
De Kalb County School District  Decatur GA De Kalb 99,550 6,409 4,933 141
Long Beach Unified  Long Beach CA Los Angeles 97,560 4,439 4,565 91
Milwaukee School District  Milwaukee WI Milwaukee 97,359 5,930 3,536 233
 
Jefferson (KY) County  Louisville KY Jefferson 95,582 5,656 4,886 173
Baltimore City Public School System  Baltimore MD Baltimore City 94,049 6,268 3,878 189
Albuquerque Public Schools  Albuquerque NM Bernalillo 90,537 6,191 4,158 148
Jefferson (CO) County  Golden CO Jefferson 87,172 4,765 5,840 167
Polk County School District  Bartow FL Polk 84,135 5,284 4,262 147
 
Fresno Unified  Fresno CA Fresno 81,408 3,927 3,950 103
Fort Worth Independent School District  Fort Worth TX Tarrant 80,335 4,793 3,495 145
Austin Independent School District  Austin TX Travis 79,007 5,354 3,861 111
Virginia Beach City Public Schools  Virginia Beach VA Virginia Beach City 76,304 5,555 4,695 86
Mesa Unified District  Mesa AZ Maricopa 75,401 3,704 4,090 91
 
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent
School District 
Houston TX Harris 74,877 4,884 4,238 60
Jordan School District  Sandy UT Salt Lake 74,761 3,054 4,485 85
Anne Arundel County Public Schools  Annapolis MD Anne Arundel 74,508 4,501 4,760 119
Brevard County School District  Viera FL Brevard 73,901 4,303 4,225 108
Fulton County School District  Atlanta GA Fulton 73,319 4,891 3,865 87
 
Denver County  Denver CO Denver 72,100 4,218 2,724 145
Northside Independent School District  San Antonio TX Bexar 71,798 4,594 4,293 93
Granite School District  Salt Lake City UT Salt Lake 70,771 3,206 4,161 109
Cleveland City School District  Cleveland OH Cuyahoga 69,655 5,109 2,542 122
Nashville-Davidson County School District  Nashville TN Davidson 68,651 4,858 3,179 126
 
Orleans Parish School Board  New Orleans LA Orleans 67,922 4,657 3,422 129
Guilford County Schools  Greensboro NC Guilford 66,971 4,390 3,685 105
Lee County School District  Fort Myers FL Lee 66,466 3,624 3,378 83
District of Columbia Public Schools  Washington DC District of Columbia 65,099 4,898 2,946 170
Seminole County School District  Sanford FL Seminole 64,904 3,788 3,732 72
 
Mobile County School District  Mobile AL Mobile 64,774 4,237 3,174 104
Greenville County School District  Greenville SC Greenville 64,245 3,835 3,444 93
Volusia County School District  Deland FL Volusia 64,089 3,807 3,532 87
Prince William County Public Schools  Manassas VA Prince William 63,404 4,125 3,360 76
El Paso Independent School District  El Paso TX El Paso 63,200 4,505 3,386 93
 
Columbus City School District  Columbus OH Franklin 63,098 3,838 2,804 153
Santa Ana Unified  Santa Ana CA Orange 62,874 2,833 2,670 56
Arlington Independent School District  Arlington TX Tarrant 62,454 3,991 3,154 77
Washoe County School District  Reno NV Washoe 62,103 3,614 2,973 102
Tucson Unified District  Tucson AZ Pima 61,448 3,356 3,351 126
 
Fort Bend Independent School District  Sugar Land TX Fort Bend 61,248 3,720 3,974 59
Davis School District  Farmington UT Davis 60,749 2,627 3,884 96
Boston School District  Boston MA Suffolk 60,150 3,926 2,904 136
San Bernardino City Unified  San Bernardino CA San Bernardino 57,818 2,691 1,961 65
San Francisco Unified  San Francisco CA San Francisco 57,805 3,139 3,733 118
 
Pasco County School District  Land O' Lakes FL Pasco 57,510 3,196 3,015 73
San Antonio Independent School District  San Antonio TX Bexar 56,914 3,527 2,606 107
North East Independent School District  San Antonio TX Bexar 56,298 3,671 3,420 65
Aldine Independent School District  Houston TX Harris 56,292 3,616 2,268 66
Elk Grove Unified  Elk Grove CA Sacramento 55,613 2,660 3,014 55
 
Chesterfield County Public Schools  Chesterfield VA Chesterfield 55,393 3,846 3,491 60
Garland Independent School District  Garland TX Dallas 55,114 3,509 2,999 70
Cumberland County Schools  Fayetteville NC Cumberland 53,159 3,255 2,913 85
Knox County School District  Knoxville TN Knox 52,659 3,609 3,096 88
Sacramento City Unified  Sacramento CA Sacramento 52,103 2,659 2,442 88
 
Atlanta City School District  Atlanta GA Fulton 52,103 3,692 2,144 105
Plano Independent School District  Plano TX Collin 51,869 3,826 3,096 72
Jefferson Parish School Board  Harvey LA Jefferson 51,453 3,372 2,202 84
Alpine School District  American Fork UT Utah 51,240 2,117 2,602 63
San Juan Unified  Carmichael CA Sacramento 50,906 2,418 3,856 84
 
Clayton County  Jonesboro GA Clayton 50,555 2,954 2,169 57
Oakland Unified  Oakland CA Alameda 50,437 2,544 1,820 118
Garden Grove Unified  Garden Grove CA Orange 50,172 2,138 2,747 67
Capistrano Unified  San Juan Capistrano CA Orange 49,746 2,159 2,671 56
Anchorage School District  Anchorage AK Anchorage 49,722 2,832 2,680 95
 
Wichita  Wichita KS Sedgwick 48,894 3,069 2,322 90
Portland School District  Portland OR Multnomah 48,344 2,685 3,172 97
Howard County Pub Schools System  Ellicott City MD Howard 47,833 3,324 2,999 71
Forsyth County Schools  Winston Salem NC Forsyth 47,788 3,251 2,469 69
Seattle  Seattle WA King 47,588 2,577 2,756 129
 
Newark City  Newark NJ Essex 46,825 3,687 1,735 77
Shelby County School District  Memphis TN Shelby 46,808 2,649 2,738 49
Ysleta Independent School District  El Paso TX El Paso 46,668 3,000 2,983 64
East Baton Rouge Parish School  Baton Rouge LA East Baton Rouge 46,644 3,137 3,107 98
Cherry Creek 5  Greenwood CO Arapahoe 46,594   2,738   3,038   50
† Not applicable.
1 Count of students receiving educational services from school district may differ somewhat from the counts in tables A-12 and A-16, which reflect the count of students from the schools aggregated up to the school district.
2 Includes high school diploma recipients as well as other high school completers (e.g., certificates of attendance), but not high school equivalencies (e.g., GEDs).
3 The count of students is aggregated from the CCD public school universe file (New York City Public Schools did not report student counts at the district level).
NOTE: The universe for this table includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, four outlying areas (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Department of Defense schools.
SOURCE: Data reported by states to U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey," 2003–04, Version 1a, "Local Education Agency Universe Survey," 2003–04, Version 1b, and "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 2003–04, Version 1a.
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