By: Andrea Thomas Brandley
Can you think of anything better than crisp new school supplies, planning a new school routine, and the excitement of embarking on another year of learning? Okay, okay, I’m not naïve. I recognize you can probably think of a hundred things. But as someone who has always wanted to go to school forever, I love the start of a new school year. Even though I am no longer a formal student or teacher, I can feel a shift in the air as nearly a million Utah K-12 and college students get ready to start a new school year.
As the school year begins, let’s get to know Utah’s student population. Here are ten key facts about Utah’s public K-12 and post-secondary students1.
Utah’s K-12 public school students
- Approximately 675,000 students attend Utah’s public schools with about 88% attending a school in one of Utah’s 41 school districts and 12% enrolling in one of more than 100 charter schools.
- School district sizes vary greatly from less than 200 students in Daggett School District to more than 80,000 students in Alpine School District.
- Utah’s K-12 students are more diverse than the state as a whole – nearly 30% of students are students of color. Four Utah school districts (Granite, Ogden, Salt Lake, and San Juan) are now majority-minority, meaning more than half of their student population are students of color.
- Additionally, about one-third of Utah K-12 students are economically disadvantaged (as measured by qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch), 8% are English language learners, and 12% are students with disabilities.
- Demographic projections show that Utah’s school-age population is estimated to grow by about 100,000 students over the next forty years, with about 2/3 of this growth expected in Utah County.2
Utah’s public post-secondary studen