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How Old are America's Public Schools?
NCES: 1999048
January 1999


  • A number of important findings regarding the age of schools buildings were gleaned from the Fast Response Surveys.
  • The average age of public school buildings in the United States is 42 years.
  • Almost half (45 percent) of U. S. public schools were built between 1950 and 1969.
  • Seventy-three percent of school buildings reported having had at least one major renovation.
  • Of schools built in 1985 or later, 59 percent were connected to the Internet in 1995, whereas 42 percent were connected among schools built before 1969 and renovated before 1980 (or never renovated).