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America's Largest Schools

September 18, 2009. America's largest schools (schools with enrollment of 3,000 or more) had a cumulative enrollment of just over 1,000,000 students in the 2008-09 school year. Use the interactive ranking table provided in this section to rank and view characteristics of these 284 schools. These data are provided by individual school districts and state education agencies. This marks the first time that national scope school level data have been reported within just a few months of the close of the school year. In the past, data for all schools have not been available until more than a year following the close of the school year.

Proximity has geocoded all 103,000 schools and created a shapefile for GIS applications. See graphic below showing locations of all schools and schools with 3,000 enrollment or more.

America's Largest Schools
  Interactive ranking table -- click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction.
  See related Ranking Tables Main Page; see related K-12 Education Main Page

Column Descriptions
Title1 -- Title I Eligible School. A Title I school designated under appropriate state and federal regulations as being eligible for participation in programs authorized by Title I of Public Law 103-382.
1 = Yes 2 = No
SWT1 -- School-wide Title I. A program in which all the pupils in a school are designated under appropriate state and federal regulations as being eligible for participation in programs authorized by Title I of Public Law 103-382.
1 = Yes 2 = No
Magnet -- Magnet school. Regardless of the source of funding, a magnet school or program is a special school or program designed to attract students of different racial/ethnic backgrounds for the purpose of reducing, preventing, or eliminating racial isolation and/or to provide an academic or social focus on a particular theme.
1 = Yes 2 = No
Charter -- Charter school. A school that provides free elementary and/or secondary education to eligible students under a specific charter granted by the state legislature or other appropriate authority.
1 = Yes 2 = No
Share -- Shared-time school. A school offering vocational/technical education or other education services, in which some or all students are enrolled at a separate “home” school and attend the shared-time school on a part-day basis.
1 = Yes 2 = No

Other Codes
B = data not yet available
M = data not measured/reported
N = data not applicable

Extended Data Access. To obtain the most recent version of the shapefile or Excel file for 2009-09 schools Contact Proximity (mention 2008-09 schools and specifics of interest) or call (888) 364-7656.

America's Largest Schools Red markers show locations of schools with enrollment of 3,000 or more (2008-09 school year)

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