Education Report Roundup

The New School Year, By the Numbers

September 01, 2009 1 min read

As the 2009-10 school year opens, the U.S. Census Bureau offers statistical snapshots of the nation’s school population, based on projections from several data bases.

56 million

Number of K-12 students expected to enroll this fall.


Private schools’ share of the elementary to high school enrollment.


Minority makeup of the elementary to high school population, as of 2007.

10.9 million

Number of children ages 5 to 17 who speak a language other than English at home.

31 million

Average number of children each month in the national school lunch program in 2008.


Number of public schools in the 2006-07 school year.


Number of public charter schools, 2006-07.


National average teacher’s salary, 2006-07.

14.2 million

Number of classroom computers as of the 2005-06 school year.


Average per-pupil spending on public elementary and secondary education nationally in 2007.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau
A version of this article appeared in the September 02, 2009 edition of Education Week