August 30, 2007

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