K-12 Schools: Patterns and Characteristics

Goto ProximityOne   We have just updated the United States K-12 public schools database to include characteristics of each of the more than 104,000 schools.  These data are based on the 2011-12 school year.  This section reviews tools and resources that you can use to access and analyze these data — for one school or as a group — to support decision-making needs.

K-12 public schools as red markers in the 48 contiguous states.
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Dimensions of the K-12 public schools universe … of the 104,483 schools in the United States and territories, 100,044 are open. 1,520 opened and 2,194 closed during the previous year. 462 are new, not open, but are scheduled to open within two years. 92,537 schools are regular schools; 2,206 are special education schools. 6,224 schools are charter schools with 2.06 million students.

30.7 million classroom teachers are employed in the schools. The total enrollment is 49.8 million students. 22.8 million participate in Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Program (18.4 million students enrolled in free lunch). 3.47 million students are enrolled in the 12th grade, 3.57 million in 11th grade and 3.78 million in 10th grade. The largest non-virtual school was North Shore Senior High (Galena Park, TX) with 287 teachers and 4,607 enrollment.

Interactive Table
Use this interactive table to query, view, compare, rank schools.  Query by state, school district, county or ZIP code.   Examine characteristics of individual schools using the table.  The following graphic illustrates use of the table showing schools in Los Angeles County, CA (using Find in StCty feature), clicking Enrollment button (to view only enrollment columns) and clicking Students column header cell (to sort on total students).  Values of -2 indicate no data expected (high schools in this example; no enrollment under grade 9).
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GIS, Mapping, Geospatial Analysis
The ProximityOne K-12 schools shapefile enables viewing school locations on a map.  The map view can be national, as shown above, or zoom into any smaller area such as the neighborhood shown below.  The following view shows schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District, AZ (school districts shown with bold black boundary).  Different styles of markers have been used based on school level.  A query has been placed on the layer to show only regular schools.  The school name is used as label, but any other attribute (such as enrollment in a grade) could be used.  Other layers, such as residential properties sold or for sale could be integrated.  k12schools_scottsdale

School Comparative Analysis Profiles
ProximityOne software/database tools can be used to develop comparative analysis profiles.  Click graphic for larger view.  This profile shows Scottsdale elementary schools (Kiva, Navajo, Pima as shown by markers in above view) in a side-by-side comparative analysis structure.  Settings/selections are made by the user in the left panel and the run button is clicked to generate the display. 
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View the full comparative analysis profile spreadsheet (link opens XLS file).

Join us in a DMI Web session where we examine use of these and related decision-making information resources in dynamic, live interactive sessions. 

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