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K-12 Facts

Updated as of September 2014

1) SCHOOLS — 2) 
ENROLLMENT — 3) TEACHERS — 
4) STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO — 5) 
EXPENDITURES — 
6) SALARIES AND WAGES — 7) 
FUNDING

 

Schools:

TOTAL NUMBER OF PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS: 13,588
(Digest of Education Statistics: 2011, Table 98)

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF K-12 SCHOOLS: 132,183
(Digest 2011, Table 98)

  • Elementary: 88,565
  • Secondary: 27,427
  • Combined: 14,895
  • Other: 1,296

(Digest 2011, Table 5)

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 98,817

  • Elementary: 67,086
  • Secondary: 24,544
  • Combined: 6,173
  • Other: 1,050

(Digest 2011, Table 5)

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF CHARTER SCHOOLS: 6,187
(Center for Education Reform, 2012-2013 National Charter School Statistics)

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS: 33,370

  • Elementary: 21,420
  • Secondary: 2,780
  • Combined: 9,160

(Digest 2011, Table 70)

 

TOTAL NUMBER OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: 7,110

  • Elementary: 5,680
  • Secondary: 1,100
  • Combined: 340

(Digest 2011, Table 70)

 

Enrollment:

TOTAL K-12 ENROLLMENT: 54,876,000
(Digest 2011, Table 2)

  • Elementary: 38,716,000
  • Secondary: 16,160,000

(Digest 2011, Table 2)

 

TOTAL PUBLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: 49,484,181

  • Elementary: 34,624,530
  • Secondary: 14,859,651

(Digest 2011, Table 37)

 

TOTAL CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: 1,941,831
(The Center for Education Reform, National Charter School & Enrollment Statistics, November 2011)

 

TOTAL PRIVATE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: 5,488,000

  • Elementary: 4,179,000
  • Secondary: 1,309,000

(Digest 2011, Table 67)

 

TOTAL HOME SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: 1,508,000 (estimate) or 2.9% (estimate) of America’s school population
(Digest 2011, Table 67)

 

TOTAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT: 2,031,455

 

Teachers:

TOTAL PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS: 3,099,095

 

TOTAL CHARTER SCHOOL TEACHERS: 72,000
(Digest 2010, Table 105)

 

TOTAL PRIVATE SCHOOL TEACHERS: 437,410

 

TOTAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS: 146,620

 

Student-Teacher Ratio:

PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 16.0:1

 

PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 10.7:1

 

CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 14.1:1

 

Expenditures:

TOTAL PUBLIC SCHOOL EXPENDITURES: $607.2 billion

  • Current Expenditures: $525.5 billion
  • Instruction: $321.9 billion
  • Support Services: $182.3 billion
  • Food Services: $19.9 billion
  • Enterprise Operations: $1.2 billion
  • Capital Outlay: $55.6 billion
  • Interest on School Debt: $17.8 billion

(Digest 2011, Table 208)

 

AVERAGE DISTRICT PUBLIC SCHOOL PER PUPIL EXPENDITURE: $13,041
(Digest 2011, Table 213)

 

AVERAGE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL PER PUPIL EXPENDITURE: $8,001
(The Center for Education Reform, Annual Survey of America’s Charter Schools, 2010, page 15)AVERAGE ONLINE SCHOOL PER PUPIL EXPENDITURE:

 

AVERAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION: $8,549

 

AVERAGE CATHOLIC SCHOOL TUITION: $6,018

 

Salaries And Wages:

PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS:

 

PUBLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPALS:

 

PUBLIC SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS:

 

PUBLIC SCHOOL PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL:

 

AVERAGE TEACHER BASE SALARY:

 

PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF SALARIES:

 

HOURLY WAGE RATES:

 

Funding:

TOTAL FUNDING OF PUBLIC EDUCATION: $597,485,869,000

  • Federal: $75.99 billion (12.7% of total)
  • State: $259.8 billion (43.5% of total)
  • Local: $261.7 billion (43.8% of total)

(Digest of Education Statistics, 2011, Table 202)