Overview of Public School Enrollment in the US (2023)

Scholaroo analyzed the current enrollment status of public schools across all 50 states and the general profile of students nationwide.

School enrollment in the US is pivotal within the education system, offering insights into student population size, composition, demographics, and educational trends.

Understanding enrollment trends fosters equitable, quality education, ensuring students’ readiness for future success.

In light of this, Scholaroo presents a comprehensive view of US school enrollment, encompassing public school shifts and student profiles. Explore the map below to observe the Fall 2022 to Fall 2023 enrollment shifts by hovering over it.

Change in total enrollment –

Fall 2022 to Fall 2023

Enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools

The chart below shows that although enrollment rates are on the recovery path since the pandemic, with over 350,000 new students enrolled in 2023, this number is still 2.09% below pre-pandemic levels.

General enrollment by race/ethnicity

In 2023, of the 49.8 million students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools, 44.5% are White (a decrease from 13% in 2013), 15% Black (a decrease from 5%), 29% Hispanic (an increase from 13%), and 5,5% Asian (an increase from 12%)

High school dropout by age

The percentage of individuals who dropped out of high school without completing their education has decreased over the past decade. In 2010, the percentage of individuals who dropped out of high school was 7.4%, while in 2020, it was 5.3%.