School Attendance Zones & Demographic Analysis
The approximate 100,000 K-12 school attendance zones are defined by individual school districts based on the respective state guidelines. The demographic-economic composition, and trends, of individual school attendance zones are of great interest to those including individual homeowners and residents, businesses making location decisions, neighborhood associations, school districts themselves, as well as various government operations at Federal, state and local levels. This section provides a description of resources available to support School Attendance Zone (SAZ) analysis and interactive access to part of the SAZ geographic-demographic-economic data available. Use the interactive table in this section to view, compare, rank SAZs based on demographic attributes provided for each SAZ. See more about these data (below, in this section).
Philadelphia Elementary School Attendance Zones
-- patterns of median household income
See additional maps below table in this section and related details.
School Attendance Zone General Demographics -- Interactive Table
Click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction.
This table shows only general demographics (age, gender, race/origin); additional richer demographics also available.
See usage notes below table. See related Ranking Tables Main Page
All other items are estimates centric to mid-2008 (ACS 2006-10 5 year estimates).
Filter on School Level.
- Click ShowAll button first.
- Choose School Level (SchLev) in dropdown below table.
- Filters on column 7 for the selected school level.
Use FindInName to find a school by name.
- Click ShowAll button first.
- Key in any part of name and click FindInName button.
- Search will filter for any name (column 2) with that exact, case sensitive, spelling.
- Houston is used as an example; many schools with the name Houston are located.
Use FindDistrictID to find all schools in a school district.
- Click ShowAll button first.
- Key in exact 7-character Federal school district code and click FindDistrictID button.
- Search will filter for any school with that district ID (column 5).
- 4814280 (Clear Creek ISD TX) is used as an example.
- See school district interactive table to find the school district code.
- Selected district codes
Selected columns buttons
- Click Set1 button shows selected descriptor items, total population, median age and total housing units.
Click ShowAll button between specific queries.
Cells with -1 value indicate this value was not estimated (for this geography and this time frame).
General Demographics Items
This scroll section describes items shown in the above table. Most items in the table are presented as a percent of total population.
Using SAZ Boundary Files & Related Geodemographics
The following views illustrate use of the SAZ boundary files with related geography and associated demographics. The CV XE GIS software is used to develop these views and corresponding GIS project fileset are available to ProximityOne User Group members (join, no fee). These applications illustrate how point location and geographic area attributes, multi-sourced data, can be integrated and geospatially analyzed.
Montgomery County Public Schools MD Area School Attendance Zones
Part of the Washington, DC metro, the school district boundary is shown by the pointer.
A query has been placed on the SAZ layer so that only elementary SAZ boundaries are shown.
By clicking on the school marker layer, schools are shown by blue markers.
A query has been placed on the schools layer so that only elementary schools are shown.
The next view shows a zoom-in to the area shown by the pointer in the above graphic.
One SAZ label (yellow) shows the SAZ name. A second SAZ label (white) shows the total population.
The demographic label could be any of hundreds of subject matter items available. The Kemp Mill school marker is clicked showing a profile for the school (partial view)
Characteristics of SAZ Demographics in Adjacent Districts
The next graphic shows SAZ boundaries for Alief ISD, TX and adjacent Houston, TX area school districts. This view illustrates that the same types of school/SAZ analyses in Maryland can be applied elsewhere in the nation due to the use of standardized approaches to the geography and demographics. A peer group of SAZs might be comprised of SAZs with common attributes but in different school districts -- nearby or far away. These resources enable school district leadership, analysts and stakeholders to better understand SAZ demographic attributes.
The interactive table on this page (above) shows only the "General Demographics" subject matter items. Richer demographic-economic data are also available. The scope of SAZ subject matter is similar to that provided now in school district tables and profiles:
General Demographics -- http://proximityone.com/sd11dp1.htm
Social Characteristics -- http://proximityone.com/sd11dp2.htm
Economic Characteristics -- http://proximityone.com/sd11dp3.htm
Housing Characteristics -- http://proximityone.com/sd11dp4.htm
About the Data & Usage
School attendance zones are part of an important collection of small area geographies useful to understand demographic-economic patterns, characteristics and trends. Related geographies include census blocks, census block groups, census tracts, ZIP code areas and school districts.
A School Attendance Zone (SAZ) is a geographic area served by an individual K-12 school. The SAZ geographic and demographic-economic data are used by schools, school districts, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to examine relationships between areas served by schools and related geographic areas (e.g., city/county). Wide-ranging decision-making is made possible by visually examining school catchment areas with related geography and demographic-economic measures. Needs of the school age population can be better analyzed resulting in possible improved educational outcomes. Characteristics of the population served by a school, and its special needs, can be better understood. Awareness of the number of students in areas hit hard by natural disasters could aid relief efforts; the Department of Homeland Security can use this information for planning disaster relief programs in case of a national disaster. These resources can aid school districts in analyzing need and distributing funds/resources to schools within its system.
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