August 30, 2007

The Changing Racial and Ethnic Composition of U.S. Public Schools

V. The Changing Racial and Ethnic Composition of Public Schools

V. The Changing Racial and Ethnic Composition of Public Schools

The number of nearly all-minority schools increased from 5,498 in 1993-94 to 10,135 in 2005-06.

In 1993-94, 31% of the 82,972 public schools were nearly-all white schools (Table 6). By 2005-06, 18% of the nation’s public schools were nearly all-white schools. Nearly all-white schools were the only category of public schools to decline in number since 1993-94. Meanwhile, heavily minority public schools have been the fastest growing categories of public schools since 1993-94. The number of public schools with 90 to less than 95% minority enrollment more than doubled over the 12-year period. The number of schools that have 95% or more minority enrollment nearly doubled (84% growth) since 1993-94.