Education Facts

Education Facts

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has compiled publicly available data on enrollment in public, private, and charter education in the commonwealth as well as information about education funding, school poverty, and other resources on Pennsylvania education policy.

Click on the links below to access education one-pagers, charts and graphs, and links to more detailed data.

An Overview of Education in Pennsylvania

Public School Enrollment: In 2011-12, Pennsylvania’s public schools enrolled 1,765,327 students in grades Pre-K through 12 across the state’s 500 school districts. 94.1% of students are enrolled in district-run schools and 5.9% attend charter schools.

Private School Enrollment: Enrollment in Pennsylvania’s private and non-public schools remained steady for more than a decade, at around 330,000 students, but began to decline sharply after 2000. Total enrollment in private schools dropped by 30.5% between 1999-00 and 2011-12.

Charter School Growth: Enrollment in public charter schools has been on the rise, growing from 11,413 students in 1999-00 to 105,036 in 2011-12. While much of the growth in charter enrollment comes from students who transfer from other public schools, a portion of the new enrollment may be from students who were previously enrolled in private schools.

School Poverty: Get detailed data on student poverty concentration by school district.

Education Funding in the State Budget: PBPC has archived analyses of education funding in the last five state budgets and in the proposed 2014-15 budget.

Other Education Policy Resources

The 2014-15 Budget

Education Funding

Philadelphia Schools

Property Tax Reform

Webinar Resources

February 26, 2014

View PBPC analyses of the final enacted state education budgets of the last five years, an analysis of education funding in the proposed 2013-14 budget, and details on the December 2007 Costing Out study on education funding in Pennsylvania.

In 2011-12, Pennsylvania’s public schools enrolled 1,765,327 students in grades Pre-K through 12 across the state’s 500 school districts. 94.1% of students are enrolled in district-run schools and 5.9% attend charter schools.

Enrollment in Pennsylvania’s private and non-public schools remained steady for more than a decade, at around 330,000 students, but began to decline sharply after 2000. Total enrollment in private schools dropped by 30.5% between 1999-00 and 2011-12.

State support of public school classrooms is $812 million less in the 2012-13 Fiscal Year than it was in 2010-11, or an average reduction of $459 per student.

View detailed data on student poverty concentration by school district.

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