New High School Statistics: Size, Quantity and Pupil/Teacher Ratios

Last week the National Center for Education Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences released a report that provides data about public elementary and secondary schools during the 2009-2010 school year, including information specifically about high schools.[1] The report, “Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009–10,” provides data for each state and the country as a whole.

Here are the national data about public high schools from the report:

  • On average, high schools had more students than primary and middle schools.  The average student membership size of regular public high schools was 856.3 students, in contrast to 451 students in primary schools and 575 students in middle schools.
  • There were fewer public high schools and middle schools than primary schools.  There were 16,077 high schools, 16,451 middle schools, and 52,306 primary schools.
  • High schools had the highest pupil/teacher ratio.  The pupil/teacher ratio was 16.7 in high schools, compared with 16.0 in primary schools and 15.7 in middle schools.

Looking for more facts about high schools?  Check out the National High School Center’s Quick Stats Fact Sheet: High Schools in the United States.


Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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