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Report of various statistics about California's public schools and districts for the 2020–21 school year.

Source: The student enrollment and teacher data are derived from data collected through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). Enrollment data come from the annual CALPADS Fall 1 submission and teacher data come from the annual CALPADS Fall 2 submission.

Enrollment and number of school districts by type: 2020–21
District Type Number of Districts
Unified 344
Elementary 523
High 76
Other 86
Total 1,029
Enrollment and number of public schools by type: 2020–21
School Type Enrollment Number of Schools
Elementary 2,824,699 5,877
K-12 296,202 370
Middle 918,379 1,274
Junior high 29,574 49
High 1,738,805 1,314
Continuation 46,915 419
Alternative 86,615 274
Community day 2,736 128
Special education 19,683 137
Other 38,915 703
Total* 6,002,523 10,545

*The total enrollment count includes students enrolled in charter schools.

Enrollment and number of charter schools by type: 2020–21
School Type Enrollment Number of Schools
Elementary 225,497 548
K-12 265,494 325
Middle 54,035 126
Junior high 779 4
High 138,790 271
Continuation 0 0
Alternative 0 0
Community day 5584 17
Special education 0 0
Other 66 2
Total 690,245 1,293
Number of students in public schools by grade range: 2020–21
Grade Level Number of Students
Kindergarten through grade five 2,661,158
Grades six through eight 1,370,745
Grades nine through twelve 1,970,620
Ungraded programs 0
Total 6,002,523
Ethnic distribution of public school students: 2020–21
Ethnicity Number of students Percentage
African American not Hispanic 309,827 5.20%
American Indian or Alaska Native 28,331 0.50%
Asian 572,451 9.50%
Filipino 142,645 2.40%
Hispanic or Latino 3,320,300 55.30%
Pacific Islander 26,240 0.40%
White not Hispanic 1,304,963 21.70%
Two or More Races Not Hispanic 246,714 4.10%
None Reported 51,052

0.90%

Total 6,002,523 100.00%
Number of Regular HS Diploma Graduates: 2020–21

Total: 417,919

Number of teachers in public schools: 2018–19

2018–19 is the latest teacher data available. Please check back later for current data.

School Type Number of Teachers
Elementary schools
146,521
Middle and junior high schools
47,374
High schools
83,206
Other (includes continuation schools)
41,903
Total
319,004

*Data has duplicate count of teachers if they teach at multiple agencies.

Ethnic distribution of public school teachers: 2018–19

2018–19 is the latest teacher data available. Please check back later for current data.

Ethnicity Number of Male Teachers Number of Female Teachers Total
American Indian or Alaska Native 476 1,103 1,579
Asian 4,203 13,664 17,867
Pacific Islander 270 655 925
Filipino 1,250 3,458 4,708
Hispanic or Latino 17,756 47,148 64,904
African American 3,705 8,293 11,998
White (not Hispanic) 49,590 138,639 188,229
Two or More Races Not Hispanic 825 2,160 2,985
No Response 3,965 10,310 14,275
Total* 82,040 225,430 307,470

*Some totals in the Public School Teachers table may not match due to difference in reporting strategy.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
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