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Table 52. Enrollment in grades 9 through 12 in public and private schools compared with population 14 to 17 years of age: Selected years, 1889-90 through fall 2007

[In thousands]
Year Enrollment, grades 9 to 121  Population 14 to
17 years of age2
Enrollment as a ratio
of population 14 to
17 years of age3
All schools Public schools Private schools
1 2 3 4 5 6
1889-90 298 203 95   5,355 5.6
1899-1900 630 519 111   6,152 10.2
1909-10 1,032 915 117   7,220 14.3
1919-20 2,414 2,200 214   7,736 31.2
1929-30 4,741 4,399 341 4  9,341 50.7
             
1939-40 7,059 6,601 458 5  9,720 72.6
1949-50 6,397 5,725 672   8,405 76.1
1951-52 6,538 5,882 656   8,516 76.8
1953-54 7,038 6,290 747   8,861 79.4
1955-56 7,696 6,873 823   9,207 83.6
             
1957-58 8,790 7,860 931   10,139 86.7
Fall 1959 9,306 8,271 1,035   11,155 83.4
Fall 1963 12,170 10,883 1,287   13,492 90.2
Fall 1965 13,010 11,610 1,400   14,146 92.0
             
Fall 1966 13,294 11,894 1,400   14,398 92.3
Fall 1967 13,650 12,250 1,400   14,727 92.7
Fall 1968 14,118 12,718 1,400   15,170 93.1
Fall 1969 14,337 13,037 1,300 6  15,549 92.2
Fall 1970 14,647 13,336 1,311   15,921 92.0
             
Fall 1971 15,053 13,753 1,300 6  16,326 92.2
Fall 1972 15,148 13,848 1,300 6  16,637 91.0
Fall 1973 15,344 14,044 1,300 6  16,864 91.0
Fall 1974 15,403 14,103 1,300 6  17,033 90.4
Fall 1975 15,604 14,304 1,300 6  17,125 91.1
             
Fall 1976 15,656 14,314 1,342   17,117 91.5
Fall 1977 15,546 14,203 1,343   17,042 91.2
Fall 1978 15,441 14,088 1,353   16,944 91.1
Fall 1979 14,916 13,616 1,300 6  16,610 89.8
Fall 1980 14,570 13,231 1,339   16,143 90.3
             
Fall 1981 14,164 12,764 1,400 6  15,609 90.7
Fall 1982 13,805 12,405 1,400 6  15,057 91.7
Fall 1983 13,671 12,271 1,400   14,740 92.7
Fall 1984 13,704 12,304 1,400 6  14,725 93.1
Fall 1985 13,750 12,388 1,362   14,888 92.4
             
Fall 1986 13,669 12,333 1,336 6  14,824 92.2
Fall 1987 13,323 12,076 1,247   14,502 91.9
Fall 1988 12,893 11,687 1,206 6  14,023 91.9
Fall 1989 12,519 11,390 1,128 6  13,536 92.5
Fall 1990 12,472 11,338 1,134   13,329 93.6
             
Fall 1991 12,670 11,541 1,129   13,491 93.9
Fall 1992 12,852 11,735 1,117 6  13,775 93.3
Fall 1993 13,065 11,961 1,104   14,096 92.7
Fall 1994 13,344 12,213 1,131 6  14,637 91.2
Fall 1995 13,662 12,500 1,163   15,013 91.0
             
Fall 1996 14,025 12,847 1,178 6  15,443 90.8
Fall 1997 14,239 13,054 1,185   15,769 90.3
Fall 1998 14,405 13,193 1,212 6  15,829 91.0
Fall 1999 14,599 13,369 1,229   16,007 91.2
Fall 2000 14,779 13,515 1,264 6  16,123 91.7
             
Fall 2001 15,031 13,734 1,296   16,190 92.8
Fall 2002 15,373 14,067 1,306 6  16,365 93.9
Fall 2003 15,649 14,338 1,311   16,514 94.8
Fall 2004 15,955 14,617 1,338 6  16,834 94.8
Fall 2005 16,275 14,909 1,366 6  17,096 95.2
             
Fall 20067  16,356 14,983 1,373   17,240 94.9
Fall 20077  16,395 15,018 1,377  
— Not available.
1 Includes a relatively small number of secondary ungraded students.
2 Data for 1890 through 1950 are from the decennial censuses of population. Later data are Census Bureau estimates as of July 1 preceding the opening of the school year.
3 Gross enrollment ratio based on school enrollment of all ages in grades 9 to 12 divided by the 14- to 17-year-old population. Differs from enrollment rates in other tables, which are based on the enrollment of persons in the given age group only.
4 Data are for 1927-28.
5 Data are for 1940-41.
6 Estimated. 
7 Projected.
NOTE: Allocation of ungraded students to secondary levels based on proportions derived from prior years. Includes enrollment in public schools that are a part of state and local school systems and also in most private schools, both religiously affiliated and nonsectarian. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Annual Report of the Commissioner of Education, 1890 through 1910; Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1919-20 through 1949-50; Statistics of State School Systems, 1951-52 through 1957-58; Statistics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Systems, 1959 through 1980; Statistics of Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1959 through 1980; Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 1981-82 through 2005-06; Schools and Staffing Survey, Private School Data FIle, 1987-88; Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 1987-88 through 2003-04; Projections of Education Statistics to 2016; and unpublished data. U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Reports, Series P-25, Nos. 1000, 1022, 1045, 1057, 1059, 1092, and 1095; abd 2000 through 2006 Population Estimates, retrieved July 19, 2007, from http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/2006_nat_res.html. (This table was prepared July 2007.)

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