Utah’s Public Schools Grow Larger, More Diverse

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Utah’s Public Schools Grow Larger, More Diverse

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s public schools added 9,602 students this school year bringing the total enrollment count to 622,153, according to data released today by the Utah State Office of Education. This represents a 1.5 percent increase over last year’s enrollment of 612,551.

Utah public schools conduct a census of students annually on Oct. 1. The data for the 2014 count is available online now at http://www.schools.utah.gov/data/Reports/Enrollment-Demographics/Enrollment2014.aspx.

Other items of interest found in this year’s enrollment count include:

  • Charter school enrollment grew by 11 percent to 61,435 students. Charters now account for almost 10 percent of Utah public school enrollment.

  • The five largest school districts in Utah are:

    • Alpine            73,570
    • Davis              69,139
    • Granite           67,660
    • Jordan             51,806
    • Canyons          33,676
  • The five smallest school districts in Utah are:

    • Daggett           174
    • Tintic               249
    • Piute               302
    • Rich                 478
    • Wayne           482
  • Racial and ethnic minority students now comprise 24.1 percent of Utah’s school population, up from 23.5 percent in 2013-14. This represents 150,012 students.

  • Ogden (56.5 percent), Salt Lake (59 percent), and San Juan (59.4 percent) are majority minority districts. Ogden, at 50.8 percent, is a majority Hispanic district and San Juan, at 53.2 percent, is a majority American Indian district.

  • More than one-third of Utah students – 36.4 percent or 227,059 students – are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

  • Roughly 6 percent of Utah students – or 37,043 students – are English language learners.

  • Eleven percent of Utah students – or 68,880 students – receive special education assistance.

www.schools.utah.gov

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