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Table 55. Enrollment in grades 9 through 12 in public and private schools compared with population 14 to 17 years of age: Selected years, 188990 through fall 2008

[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
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   15,924 92.0
             
Fall 1971 15,053 13,753 1,300 6  16,328 92.2
Fall 1972 15,148 13,848 1,300 6  16,639 91.0
Fall 1973 15,344 14,044 1,300 6  16,867 91.0
Fall 1974 15,403 14,103 1,300 6  17,035 90.4
Fall 1975 15,604 14,304 1,300 6  17,128 91.1
             
Fall 1976 15,656 14,314 1,342   17,119 91.5
Fall 1977 15,546 14,203 1,343   17,045 91.2
Fall 1978 15,441 14,088 1,353   16,946 91.1
Fall 1979 14,916 13,616 1,300 6  16,611 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 14,598 13,369 1,229   16,007 91.2
Fall 2000 14,779 13,515 1,264 6  16,122 91.7
             
Fall 2001 15,031 13,734 1,296   16,184 92.9
Fall 2002 15,373 14,067 1,306 6  16,353 94.0
Fall 2003 15,649 14,338 1,311   16,497 94.9
Fall 2004 15,948 14,617 1,331 6  16,813 94.9
Fall 2005 16,258 14,908 1,350   17,068 95.3
             
Fall 2006 16,462 15,078 1,384 6  17,207 95.7
Fall 20077  16,439 15,055 1,385   17,207 95.5
Fall 20087  16,294 14,922 1,372   16,959 96.1
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/Second-ary Education," 1981–82 through 2006–07; Schools and Staffing Survey, Private School Data File, 1987–88; Private School Universe Survey (PSS), 1989–90 through 2005–06; Projections of Education Statistics to 2017; 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; and 2000 through 2007 Population Estimates, retrieved August 12, 2008, from http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/2007-nat-res.html. (This table was prepared October 2008.)

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