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Table D4.  Number of the 100 largest public school districts and percentage of the 100 largest public school district students in the United States and jurisdictions, by state: School year 2008–09
 
Number of full- time-equivalent (FTE) teaching positions1
Number of 1997–98 completers2
Number of students Number of schools3
Name of reported district City State County
Reporting districts4 10,869,903 593,277 479,622 15,412
               
Nyc Chancellor's Office  Brooklyn NY Kings 1,072,628 62,930 37,851 1,162
Los Angeles Unified  Los Angeles CA Los Angeles 695,885 33,022 25,843 650
Puerto Rico Department of Education  San Juan PR San Juan 613,862 39,849 29,881 1,538
City of Chicago School Dist 299  Chicago IL Cook 430,914 23,540 16,567 592
Dade County School District  Miami FL Dade 352,536 17,616 14,401 329
               
Broward County School District  Fort Lauderdale FL Broward 231,187 11,145 9,637 229
Houston Independent School District  Houston TX Harris 210,179 11,682 7,421 296
Philadelphia City School District  Philadelphia PA Philadelphia 207,465 10,695 8,991 259
Clark County School District  Las Vegas NV Clark 203,777 10,068 8,165 229
Hawaii Department of Education  Honolulu HI Honolulu 188,069 10,639 10,369 254
               
Detroit City School District  Detroit MI Wayne 173,557 8,705 6,573 269
Dallas Independent School District  Dallas TX Dallas 159,908 8,807 5,659 223
Hillsborough County School District  Tampa FL Hillsborough 156,452 9,373 6,393 200
Fairfax  Fairfax VA Fairfax 149,029 9,087 206
Palm Beach County School District  West Palm Beach FL Palm Beach 146,568 7,872 6,112 164
               
Orange County School District  Orlando FL Orange 138,866 8,019 5,840 175
San Diego City Unified  San Diego CA San Diego 138,433 6,945 5,928 174
Prince Georges County Pub Schools  Upper Marlboro MD Prince George's 130,259 7,621 7,287 187
Montgomery County Public Schls  Rockville MD Montgomery 127,933 7,771 7,413 188
Duval County School District  Jacksonville FL Duval 127,411 6,609 4,703 174
               
Memphis City School District  Memphis TN Shelby 111,682 6,875 5,736 161
Pinellas County School District  Largo FL Pinellas 110,582 6,153 4,744 159
Baltimore City Pub Sch System  Baltimore MD Baltimore City 106,540 6,005 4,103 182
Baltimore County Public Schls  Towson MD Baltimore 105,914 6,532 5,984 168
Jefferson County  Louisville KY Jefferson 101,438 5,288 5,080 173
               
Milwaukee  Milwaukee WI Milwaukee 99,814 5,853 3,247 204
Gwinnett County  Lawrenceville GA Gwinnett 98,784 5,990 4,775 80
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools  Charlotte NC Mecklenburg 98,758 6,369 4,298 134
Dekalb County  Decatur GA De Kalb 93,171 5,779 4,374 114
Wake County Schools  Raleigh NC Wake 92,256 5,686 4,388 106
               
Cobb County  Marietta GA Cobb 91,208 5,597 4,796 93
Long Beach Unified  Long Beach CA Los Angeles 89,214 3,745 3,916 86
Jefferson County R 1  Golden CO Jefferson 88,654 4,283 4,879 157
Albuquerque Public Schools  Albuquerque NM Bernalillo 85,847 5,271 4,771 125
Orleans Parish School Board  New Orleans LA Orleans 82,176 4,472 3,676 123
               
Austin Independent School District  Austin TX Travis 79,496 4,851 3,042 102
Fresno Unified  Fresno CA Fresno 78,942 3,789 3,180 91
Fort Worth Independent School District  Fort Worth TX Tarrant 77,956 4,416 2,834 136
Virginia Beach City  Virginia Beach VA Virginia Beach City 77,442 4,151 83
Polk County School District  Bartow FL Polk 77,300 4,410 3,430 132
               
Cleveland Municipal School District  Cleveland OH Cuyahoga 76,500 4,621 1,581 124
Anne Arundel County Pub Schls  Annapolis MD Anne Arundel 74,079 4,141 3,943 118
Granite School District  Salt Lake City UT Salt Lake 73,474 3,270 4,801 97
Jordan School District  Sandy UT Salt Lake 73,286 3,088 4,742 77
District of Columbia Pub Schls  Washington DC District Of Columbia 71,889 5,187 2,905 164
               
Mesa Unified School District  Mesa AZ Maricopa 71,284 3,428 3,592 80
Denver County 1  Denver CO Denver 68,790 3,388 2,627 122
Brevard County School District  Viera FL Brevard 68,681 3,754 3,259 99
Nashville Davidson County School District  Nashville TN Davidson 67,016 4,819 4,004 125
Fulton County  Atlanta GA Fulton 65,642 4,236 2,844 65
               
Mobile County Sch Dist  Mobile AL Mobile 65,324 3,997 3,451 105
Columbus City School District  Columbus OH Franklin 64,873 3,732 2,207 145
Boston  Boston MA Suffolk 63,043 4,183 3,246 130
El Paso Independent School District  El Paso TX El Paso 62,945 3,985 3,387 83
Tucson Unified District  Tucson AZ Pima 62,670 3,447 2,843 120
               
Northside Independent School District  San Antonio TX Bexar 61,308 3,984 3,549 83
Guilford County Schools  Greensboro NC Guilford 61,154 3,785 2,934 95
San Francisco Unified  San Francisco CA San Francisco 61,042 3,122 3,708 116
Atlanta City  Atlanta Ga. GA Fulton 60,541 3,904 2,087 98
Volusia County School District  Deland FL Volusia 59,851 3,568 2,769 88
               
Davis School District  Farmington UT Davis 59,285 2,535 4,177 79
San Antonio Independent School District  San Antonio TX Bexar 59,080 3,739 2,528 108
Seminole County School District  Sanford FL Seminole 58,156 3,047 2,950 63
Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District Houston TX Harris 58,044 3,619 2,883 52
Greenville County School Dist  Greenville SC Greenville 57,884 3,696 3,110 92
               
East Baton Rouge Parish School Board  Baton Rouge LA East Baton Rouge 56,527 3,617 2,858 104
Santa Ana Unified  Santa Ana CA Orange 56,071 2,440 1,891 50
Arlington Independent School District  Arlington TX Tarrant 55,709 3,406 2,607 68
Lee County School District  Fort Myers FL Lee 54,779 3,061 2,671 75
Portland Sch Dist 1j  Portland OR Multnomah 54,546 2,874 2,427 111
               
Oakland Unified  Oakland CA Alameda 54,256 2,723 1,633 89
Jefferson Parish School Board  Harvey LA Jefferson 53,615 3,431 2,482 84
Washoe County School District  Reno NV Washoe 52,813 2,967 2,391 87
Knox County School District  Knoxville TN Knox 51,667 3,642 2,781 85
Sacramento City Unified  Sacramento CA Sacramento 51,378 2,295 2,162 76
               
Cumberland County Schools  Fayetteville NC Cumberland 51,297 3,070 2,367 76
Prince William  Manassas VA Prince William 51,111 2,822 68
Fort Bend Independent School District  Sugar Land TX Fort Bend 50,890 3,053 2,722 50
Chesterfield  Chesterfield VA Chesterfield 50,621 3,110 58
Cincinnati City School District  Cincinnati OH Hamilton 50,332 3,181 1,096 80
               
Anchorage School District  Anchorage AK Anchorage 49,587 2,824 2,296 92
Aldine Independent School District  Houston TX Harris 49,453 3,324 1,986 56
Minneapolis  Minneapolis MN Hennepin 49,242 3,395 1,810 148
San Bernardino City Unified  San Bernardino CA San Bernardino 48,907 2,239 1,778 61
Seattle  Seattle WA King 48,280 2,439 2,445 118
               
Shelby County School District  Memphis TN Shelby 48,185 2,682 2,385 47
Garland Independent School District  Garland TX Dallas 47,967 2,833 1,973 64
San Juan Unified  Carmichael CA Sacramento 47,799 2,247 2,875 82
North East Independent School District  San Antonio TX Bexar 47,732 3,116 2,631 63
Wichita  Wichita KS Sedgwick 47,479 2,848 2,137 93
               
Ysleta Independent School District  El Paso TX El Paso 47,238 3,051 2,860 60
Buffalo City School District  Buffalo NY Erie 47,096 3,274 1,797 74
Caddo Parish School Board  Shreveport LA Caddo 47,089 2,961 2,417 73
Garden Grove Unified  Garden Grove CA Orange 46,916 2,075 2,373 65
Pasco County School District  Land O' Lakes FL Pasco 46,065 2,623 1,815 50
               
St Louis City  St Louis MO St. Louis City 45,981 3,426 1,171 113
Escambia County School District  Pensacola FL Escambia 45,667 2,578 2,229 83
St Paul  St. Paul MN Ramsey 45,349 2,244 1,870 139
Alpine School District  American Fork UT Utah 45,208 1,912 2,863 54
Omaha Public Schools  Omaha NE Douglas 45,118 2,884 2,239 81
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
1 Full-time equivalent (FTE) is the amount of time required to perform an assignment stated as a proportion of a full-time position. It is computed by dividing the amount of time employed by the amount of time normally required for a full-time position. FTE is not a head count; for example, 2 half-time employees represent 1 FTE.
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., General Education Development (GEDs)).
3 Totals for number of schools may differ from published estimates since they exclude closed schools.
4 Totals do not include districts where data were not available.
NOTE: Data include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, four outlying areas (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Districts are listed in descending order by number of students.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey," 1998–99, Version 1a, and "Local Education Agency Universe Survey," 1998–99, Version 1a.


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