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Student enrollment at public schools in Oklahoma increases in 2016

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Posted at 10:03 AM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-19 11:03:15-05

The number of students enrolled in Oklahoma public schools rose in 2016, increasing by more than 1,000 from the previous school year.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, 693,710 students were enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at the start of the school year, an increase of 1,040 over the 2015 total of 692,670 and 27,560 more than in 2011.

"Oklahoma schools are educating more students than ever before. Over the past decade, student enrollment has risen steadily, as have funding challenges. We must do everything we can to maximize our resources in order to serve a growing and increasingly diverse group of Oklahoma schoolchildren," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister.

Oklahoma has 513 public school districts and 1,787 school sites, including 13 charter schools not sponsored by a district.

The 10 largest districts in the state:

  1. Oklahoma City Public Schools: 45,757 students
  2. Tulsa Public Schools: 40,459
  3. Edmond Public Schools: 24,403
  4. Moore Public Schools: 24,355
  5. Putnam City Schools: 19,475
  6. Broken Arrow Public Schools: 19,059
  7. Union Public Schools: 15,983
  8. Norman Public Schools: 15,942
  9. Lawton Public Schools: 14,747
  10. Mid-Del Schools: 14,302

Enrollment at Broken Arrow public schools increased 1.01 percent in 2016. Enrollment at Tulsa and Union public schools decreased up to 2 percent.

Statewide, student population percentages shifted slightly this year. Most significantly, the percentage of white students dipped below 50 percent in the first time in state history. The number of Native American students also decreased, while the percentage of Hispanic students and students of two or more ethnicities increased. This school year, Oklahoma’s student population is*:

  1. 49.36 percent white
  2. 16.81 percent Hispanic
  3. 13.94 percent Native American or Alaskan Native
  4. 8.77 percent black
  5. 8.78 percent two or more races
  6. 2.34 percent Asian, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

*Numbers are rounded and may not add up to 100.

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