The Big Picture: Back to School Stats for the U.S.

By:  The AFRDS Information & Technology Committee


Did you know …


55.5 Million: Projected number of students to be enrolled in elementary through high schools in the U.S. this fall.  Source:  U.S. National Center for Education Statistics


98,706: Number of public schools (there were 33,740 private schools).  Source:  U.S. National Center for Education Statistics


7.2 Million: Number of teachers in the U.S. (almost 3 million taught at the elementary and middle school level).  Source:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


89%: Among K-12 students, the percentage with a parent or other household member who attended a general school or PTA meeting.  Source:  U.S. National Center for Education Statistics


14.2 Million: Number of computers available for classroom use in the nation’s schools (1 for every 4 students).  Source:  Market Data Retrieval


11.2 Million: Number of school-age children (5 to 17) who spoke a language other than English at home (8 million of them spoke Spanish at home).  Source:  U.S. Census Bureau


Based on these statistics, it’s safe to say the need for school fundraising will remain strong for many years.  It’s up to the industry to continue learning and adapting in order to maximize this opportunity, and ultimately, continue to deliver a valuable resource to schools and youth groups.


Click here to read the Washington Post article from which this information is excerpted.


Click here to view other Industry Snapshots at the AFRDS Knowledge Center, where you’ll also find information on the latest trends, statistics, etc. for the product fundraising industry.