PreK-12 Enrollment & Demographics, 2020-2021

PreK-12 Enrollment & Demographics, 2020-2021

PreK-12 Enrollment & Demographics 2020-2021 provides information on how many students currently are enrolled in U.S. PreK-12 schools, projected enrollment trends and data on key subgroups. The main source of the information is the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, with additional data from other trusted sources.


  • Introduction & Methodology
  • Number of Schools and Districts
  • Public School Enrollment on the Rise
    • Table Trends in Public School Enrollment, 2000-2029P
  • Enrollment Patterns Vary Across the States
    • Table Projected Percentage Change in Public Elementary & Secondary Enrollment, 2017 to 2029
  • Private Enrollment 10% of Total
  • More Charter Schools, More Charter Enrollment
    • Table Charter School Growth, 2005 to 2017
    • Table Percentage of Public-School Students Enrolled in Charter Schools, Fall 2017
  • Homeschool Enrollment Reporting Lags
    • Table Homeschooling, 2003-2016
  • Virtual School Enrollment Likely to Grow
    • Table Virtual Schools by Operator Status, 2017-2018
    • Table Blended Schools by Operator Status, 2017-2018
  • Graduation Rates Rose Over Time
    • Table Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates for Public High School Students, 2017-2018
  • Students in Poverty are Target for Vendors
    • Table Percentage of Children under Age 18 in Families Living in Poverty, 2018
  • Serving English-Language Learners
    • Table Trends in English-Language Learner Enrollment, 2014-2015 to 2016-2017
    • Table Top Ten Languages of English-Language Learners, 2017-2018
    • Table Percentage of Public-School Students who are ELL by Grade, 2016-2017
    • Table Percentage of Public-School Students who are ELL by State, 2017-2018
  • Special Needs Students Get Services
    • Table Trends in Youth Receiving IDEA Services, 2015-2016 to 2017-2018
  • State-Funded PreK Enrollment Up
    • Table Enrollment Growth in State-Funded Preschool Programs, 2016-2017 to 2018-2019
    • Table Enrollment & Per-Child Spending in State-Funded Preschool, 2018-2019
  • More Technology Makes New Options Viable
    • Table 18 Year-Olds with Home Internet Access, 2016-2018

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