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Enrollment - Elementary and Secondary Schools


Public schools

Overall, public school enrollment increased 25 percent between 1985 and 2010. Elementary (prekindergarten through grade 8) enrollment rose from 27.0 million in fall 1985 to a projected 34.7 million in fall 2010, an increase of 28 percent. In the upper grades (9–12), the net result of changes in enrollment over the same period was an 18 percent increase.


Table 1. Enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, fall 1985 through fall 2010
[In thousands]
Year Total Elementary
(prekindergarten
through
grade 8)
Secondary
(grades 9
through 12)
1985 39,422 27,034 12,388
1990 41,217 29,876 11,341
1995 44,840 32,338 12,502
2000 47,204 33,686 13,517
2003 48,540 34,201 14,339
2004 48,795 34,178 14,618
2005 49,113 34,204 14,909
2006 49,316 34,235 15,081
2007 49,293 34,205 15,087
2008 49,266 34,286 14,980
20091 49,312 34,505 14,807
20101 49,386 34,730 14,657
1 Projected.
Note: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.