Have You Seen These Interesting Back-to-School Facts?

Grades K-12

54.7 million – Number of students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools, both public and private, in the U.S. in 2011.

3.7 million – Elementary and secondary school teachers working in U.S. schools in 2011.

$11,467 – The estimated average amount a typical public school will spend on each student in 2012-2013.

31.8 million – Number of children who received free or reduced price lunches through the National School Lunch Program in 2011.

3.4 million – Students expected to graduate from high school in the 2012-2013 school year.

11.8 milllion – Number of students who spoke a language other than English at home in 2010.

2.04 million – Number of homeschooled students in 2010.

$83.8 billion – Estimated amount to be spent on back-to-school shopping in the U.S. in 2012.

$688 – Average amount parents will spend on back-to-school items for kids in grades K-12.


21.6 million – Number of students expected to be enrolled in colleges and universities in fall 2012.

12.3 million – Number of female students expected to be enrolled in colleges and universities in fall 2012.

16 – Percent of college students age 35 and older in 2010.

$20,100 – Total annual cost of attending a public college/university in 2010, paying in-state tuition.

$39,800 – Total annual cost of attending a private college/university in 2010.