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A New Majority in K-12

The 2014-15 academic year is projected to be the first in which African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American students together will outnumber non- Hispanic whites in K-12 public schools. Growth in the Hispanic population is expected to propel the trend of a rising share of nonwhite students through the next decade.

Related: View our entire story package on the changing demographics of America’s schools.

New District Demographics

School districts representing every region of the nation have transitioned to majority nonwhite in recent years, but the nature of the demographic shifts varies community to community.


Aberdeen, Idaho

Became majority nonwhite in 2009

2011 Enrollment: 823


Denison, Iowa

Became majority nonwhite in 2008

2011 Enrollment: 2,108


Utica, N.Y.

Became majority nonwhite in 2007

2011 Enrollment: 9,619


Roebuck, S.C.

Became majority nonwhite in 2011

2011 Enrollment: 10,658

Design: Laura Baker | Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, public school districts, Education Week Research Center

Vol. 34, Issue 01

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