Education Report Roundup

Hispanic Youths More Likely to Attend Schools With Large Enrollments, Report Says

By Mary Ann Zehr — November 01, 2005 1 min read

“The High Schools Hispanics Attend: Size and Other Key Characteristics” is available from the Pew Hispanic Center.

Hispanic youths are more likely than black or non-Hispanic white youths to attend public high schools that are large, have high student-teacher ratios, and have large percentages of students who come from low-income families, according to a study published by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center.

Only 10 percent of public high schools have 1,800 or more students in them. But more than 56 per-cent of Hispanic high school students attend schools of that size, compared with 32 percent of African-Americans and 26 percent of whites of the same age. Also, 37 percent of Hispanics are educated at public high schools with student-teacher ratios that are greater than 22 to 1, compared with 14 percent of blacks and 13 percent of whites.