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Characteristics of the 100 Largest Public Elementary and secondary School Districts in the United States: 2000-2001
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Table 4.-Distribution of regular public elementary and secondary schools with assigned membership in the 100 largest school districts in the United States and jurisdictions, by membership size: School year 2000-01 - Part 1  ||  Part 2
Name of reporting
district
State
Regular
schools
having
mem-
bership
Mean
mem-
bership
Standard
deviation
Distribution of schools, by membership size
Minimum
10th
per-
centile
25th
per-
centile
Median
75th
per-
centile
90th
per-
centile
Maximum
Total
 
14,324 754.2 1 225 417 624 916 1,383 5,264
 
New York City Public
Schools
NY
1,102 915.9 662.2 90 320 524 750 1,124 1,578 4,631
Los Angeles Unified
CA
582 1,211.2 909.8 64 411 545 924 1,525 2,396 5,264
Puerto Rico Department
of Education
PR
1,474 399.6 241.4 5 132 212 364 539 728 1,866
City of Chicago School District
IL
575 750.5 456.4 22 297 457 654 904 1,336 4,185
Dade County School District
FL
337 1,080.2 835.1 6 195 577 871 1,325 1,999 4,861
 
Broward County School District
FL
224 1,098.7 751.5 5 75 720 973 1,393 2,061 4,940
Clark County School District
NV
230 988.0 652.5 11 416 656 832 1,098 1,932 3,864
Houston Independent School District
TX
264 772.9 491.5 26 292 448 681 916 1,408 3,222
Philadelphia City School District
PA
252 775.6 504.7 138 324 447 675 889 1,286 3,402
Hawaii Department of Education
HI
257 716.4 431.4 3 282 427 623 879 1,187 2,455
 
Hillsborough County School District
FL
192 844.3 571.7 8 123 486 779 1,014 1,555 2,983
Detroit City School District
MI
248 657.4 369.4 12 272 446 598 782 1,040 2,376
Dallas Independent School District
TX
213 754.4 462.0 49 248 448 697 942 1,249 4,207
Fairfax County Public Schools
VA
176 871.6 599.5 274 401 517 719 962 1,603 4,112
Palm Beach County School District
FL
163 936.4 702.2 1 50 544 833 1,262 1,621 3,640
 
Orange County School District
FL
157 947.2 818.6 1 197 539 761 1,023 1,446 4,721
San Diego City Unified
CA
171 803.1 503.0 61 305 430 666 988 1,513 3,142
Montgomery County Public Schools
MD
182 731.0 427.1 276 376 468 583 789 1,394 2,937
Prince Georges County Public Schools
MD
176 741.9 477.5 15 389 501 628 805 1,148 3,217
Duval County School District
FL
170 732.3 520.1 12 160 373 598 1,007 1,490 2,844
 
Memphis City School District
TN
157 740.2 356.1 76 367 488 668 887 1,260 1,913
Pinellas County School District
FL
144 768.4 549.8 6 29 425 703 936 1,649 2,285
Gwinnett County School District
GA
83 1,314.8 623.2 177 646 969 1,129 1,454 2,189 3,543
Baltimore County Public Schools
MD
145 699.5 369.0 267 356 455 552 905 1,275 2,109
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
NC
128 801.1 495.3 50 383 495 651 902 1,364 2,649
 
Baltimore City Public School System
MD
161 572.8 359.7 96 274 364 466 690 1,024 2,236
Wake County Schools
NC
117 843.0 441.0 251 450 552 689 988 1,544 2,385
Milwaukee School District
WI
192 490.9 361.0 6 66 249 439 591 915 1,907
Jefferson (KY) County
KY
140 662.7 361.0 16 358 450 575 787 1,143 1,907
De Kalb County School District
GA
119 799.7 417.7 79 351 488 688 1,040 1,397 1,948
 
Cobb County School District
GA
94 1,018.9 553.8 264 444 627 885 1,250 1,796 2,887
Long Beach Unified
CA
86 1,069.0 851.2 8 401 714 917 1,167 1,507 4,534
Jefferson (CO) County
CO
146 592.5 395.8 13 244 371 499 682 982 2,032
Albuquerque Public Schools
NM
120 694.7 496.3 42 361 418 539 751 1,171 2,413
Fort Worth Independent School District
TX
112 689.1 342.7 12 380 472 609 811 1,081 2,168
 
Polk County School District
FL
113 679.7 383.2 15 247 454 611 799 1,104 1,837
Fresno Unified
CA
89 859.5 545.6 41 417 554 781 960 1,111 3,010
Austin Independent School District
TX
101 764.3 429.9 246 373 491 663 848 1,236 2,611
Orleans Parish School Board
LA
116 654.5 316.8 179 317 408 583 785 1,103 1,711
Virginia Beach City Public Schools
VA
79 956.2 565.3 300 503 570 722 1,223 1,854 2,527
 
Cleveland City School District
OH
119 602.2 319.8 41 287 425 528 710 891 2,121
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
MD
108 682.6 478.5 147 276 387 532 738 1,444 2,264
Mesa Unified District
AZ
80 912.9 530.9 25 476 692 786 978 1,512 2,745
Jordan School District
UT
77 937.4 470.1 20 485 607 860 1,081 1,381 2,471
Granite School District
UT
88 794.0 420.1 56 425 515 677 881 1,377 2,183
 
Denver County
CO
120 577.6 358.7 72 247 354 514 658 1,035 1,947
Brevard County School District
FL
95 736.8 492.2 7 116 493 691 900 1,337 2,250
District of Columbia Public Schools
DC
150 435.2 203.2 52 241 321 421 510 658 1,607
Fulton County School District
GA
69 981.6 491.7 463 544 661 877 1,093 1,689 2,678
Nashville-Davidson County School District
TN
119 566.0 325.4 88 237 361 505 668 957 1,930
 
Mobile County School District
AL
92 704.3 382.6 74 311 448 663 841 1,181 2,132
Columbus City School District
OH
134 512.5 230.6 158 293 353 455 598 833 1,333
Northside Independent School District
TX
63 997.0 650.4 258 492 614 783 977 1,531 3,049
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
TX
50 1,264.1 676.8 682 814 878 965 1,374 2,678 3,190
Guilford County Schools
NC
92 681.3 329.3 279 344 426 599 849 1,150 1,830
 
Boston School District
MA
123 500.5 366.9 18 180 244 403 642 933 2,307
El Paso Independent School District
TX
80 771.0 445.1 199 358 484 678 862 1,317 2,494
Tucson Unified District
AZ
115 531.3 428.3 2 55 310 432 625 1,057 2,406
Volusia County School District
FL
85 717.8 633.8 6 20 164 628 921 1,626 2,600
Seminole County School District
FL
60 1,005.1 663.9 2 82 746 912 1,148 2,083 2,945
 
† Not applicable.
NOTE: The universe for this table includes outlying areas, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Department of Defense schools.
How to read this table: Using Dade County as an example, the table shows that 25 percent of the schools have a pupil membership of 577 or less, and 25 percent have a membership of 1,325 or more. If all the regular schools in Dade County were listed by size, the school at the mid-point on the list (the median) would have 871 pupils in membership. Dividing all students in regular schools by the number of such schools yields a mean, or average, size of 1,080.2 students. The standard deviation is a measure of how schools in the district are distributed between the minimum and maximum compared to the mean. Smaller standard deviations indicate the schools in the district are clustered closer to the mean value while larger standard deviations indicate that school size is spread more widely across the range of possible values.

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