The number of people enrolled in school throughout the country—from nursery school to college. That amounts to more than one-fourth of the U.S. population age 3 and older.
School EnrollmentAbout 60%
Percentage of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in nursery school, up from about 6% in 1964, when these data were first collected.
Percentage of children enrolled in kindergarten who attend all day, up from 20% three decades earlier.
The projected number of students to be enrolled in the nation’s elementary and high schools (grades K-12) this fall. That number exceeds the 1970 total of 51.3 million, when virtually all of these students were "baby boomers," who swelled school enrollments.
The national decrease in elementary school-age children between 2003 and 2004. Only six states experienced an increase in this population during that period: Arizona, Nevada, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, and Georgia.
The increase in the nation’s high school-age population between 2003 and 2004. More than two-thirds of the states experienced an increase in this group over that period, led by California (78,000), Florida (33,000), and New York (24,000).
Projected percentage of elementary and high school students enrolled in private schools this fall.
Percentage of elementary and high school students who are minorities (i.e., people who are non-Hispanic white). This compares with 21% in 1970, when the crest of the baby-boom was enrolled at this level of school.
Percentage of elementary and high school students with at least one foreign-born parent. This includes 6% who were foreign-born themselves.
Number of school-age children (5 to 17) who speak a language other than English at home. These children make up nearly 1-in-5 in this age group. Most of them (7.0 million) speak Spanish at home.
Average number of children participating each month in the national school lunch program.
The nation’s total apple production, in pounds, in 2004. The chances are good that the apples your children present to their teachers or enjoy for lunch were grown in Washington state, which accounted for more than half of the nation’s total production.
Percentage of the 2003 high school graduating class that went directly to college.
The projected number of students enrolled in the nation’s colleges and universities this fall. This is up from 12.1 million a quarter-century ago.
Percentage of all college students age 25 and over. The majority of these older students (56%) attend school part-time.
Ratio of undergraduates attending two-year institutions.
Teachers and Other School Personnel6.5 million
Number of teachers in the United States. The bulk of them (2.6 million) teach at the elementary and middle school level.
Average annual salary of public elementary and secondary school teachers in California as of the 2002–2003 school year—highest of any state in the nation. Teachers in South Dakota received the lowest pay—$32,400. The national average was $45,900.
Average hourly wage for the nation’s school bus drivers. Custodians earned $12.40 while cafeteria workers made $9.98. (The federal minimum wage is $5.15.)
Technology in the Schools14.1 million
Number of computers available for classroom use in the nation’s 114,000 elementary and secondary schools; that works out to one computer for every four students.
The Rising Cost of College$10,660
Average tuition, room, and board (for in-state students) at the nation’s four-year public colleges and universities for an entire academic year; that is double the corresponding figure in 1990.
Average tuition, room, and board at the nation’s four-year private colleges and universities for one complete academic year; that is more than double the corresponding 1990 figure.
Projected number of high school diplomas that will be awarded this school year.
Number of college degrees expected to be conferred this school year.