School Attendance Boundary Survey
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has initiated a data collection effort to collect school attendance boundaries for public schools in the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2013. The School Attendance Boundary Survey (SABS), will collect geographic school attendance boundaries for public elementary and secondary schools from the Common Core of Data (CCD) school universe.
By providing the public with a mapping system that contains detailed boundary information on most public schools across the Nation, it will become possible for data users, researchers, and policy makers to examine relationships between schools in the same district or across the nation. The online mapping system provides a visual representation of school catchment areas with corresponding measures of demographic, social and economic indices.
Beginning in November 2013, school districts across the United States will be able to use the NCES school mapping web application to draw, upload, or update previous public school boundaries in a web application designed just for this purpose. The school boundaries will be added to NCES’ consolidated geodatabase and will be freely available for download. A registered user for a school district can export their school boundaries as a shapefile or as a map of the boundaries from their district or school websites.
If you would like to report your school attendance boundaries, please contact the SABS help desk at 1-877-749-4925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits for the District
By providing NCES with your school attendance boundary information, NCES will be able to provide a publically accessible mapping system that contains school boundaries for all public schools in this country. It will be possible to overlay other databases from the Census Bureau and NCES to the catchment areas of the individual schools in your district. This information can then be used at the district, State, and national levels to inform policy decisions regarding funding and disaster relief programs.
For More Information
Please contact Tai Phan, Program Director, School District Demographics System, at email@example.com.
The first publically available school boundary geodatabase was created by the School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS) team for the 2009/2010 school year. Once collected, the Census Bureau created custom tabulations for these boundaries using the 2006-10 American Community Survey data. Please click on the link below to download these boundaries and the custom tabulations.
School boundaries 2009-10 with ACS 2006-10 (328 MB)
NCES performed a follow up sample school boundary survey for the 2010-2011 school year. Please click on the link below to download these boundaries.
School boundaries 2010-11 (243 MB)
Frequently Asked Questions
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