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Four Mid-Atlantic states—Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—along with the District of Columbia make up the REL Mid-Atlantic region. More than 4 million students in this region are served by close to 7,500 schools and 1,600 local education agencies. The student population in the region is demographically diverse: 50 percent White, 20 percent Black, 19 percent Hispanic, and 6 percent Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander. Geographically, the region includes heavily populated and industrialized areas around cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, and the District of Columbia. It also encompasses many rural areas; public school enrollment in rural areas ranges from 15 percent of total enrollment in New Jersey to 27 percent in Pennsylvania.

Students

4,252,203
Schools
Number of schools
7,462
Local Education Agencies

1,610
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

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English Learners
English Learners
5.67%
Special Education
Special Education
16.51%
Graduation Rate

85.00%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
50.67%
Black
20.48%
Hispanic
18.70%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
6.44%
American Indian/Alaska Native
< 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
< 1%
Two or more races
3.37%
Students

136,293
Schools
Number of schools
229
Local Education Agencies

46
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

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English Learners
English Learners
9.02%
Special Education
Special Education
17.02%
Graduation Rate

86.90%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
44.16%
Black
30.28%
Hispanic
17.43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
3.87%
American Indian/Alaska Native
< 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
< 1%
Two or more races
3.74%
Students

87,315
Schools
Number of schools
228
Local Education Agencies

70
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

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English Learners
English Learners
9.33%
Special Education
Special Education
15.35%
Graduation Rate

73.20%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
11.15%
Black
68.51%
Hispanic
16.31%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
1.58%
American Indian/Alaska Native
< 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
< 1%
Two or more races
2.21%
Students

893,684
Schools
Number of schools
1,420
Local Education Agencies

25
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

46.48%
English Learners
English Learners
8.91%
Special Education
Special Education
12.05%
Graduation Rate

87.70%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
37.32%
Black
33.74%
Hispanic
17.38%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
6.58%
American Indian/Alaska Native
< 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
< 1%
Two or more races
4.56%
Students

1,408,102
Schools
Number of schools
2,595
Local Education Agencies

681
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

36.81%
English Learners
English Learners
5.65%
Special Education
Special Education
16.91%
Graduation Rate

90.50%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
43.63%
Black
15.32%
Hispanic
28.72%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
10.03%
American Indian/Alaska Native
< 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
< 1%
Two or more races
1.95%
Students

1,726,809
Schools
Number of schools
2,990
Local Education Agencies

788
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

44.80%
English Learners
English Learners
3.57%
Special Education
Special Education
18.52%
Graduation Rate

86.60%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
65.82%
Black
14.67%
Hispanic
11.44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
3.90%
American Indian/Alaska Native
< 1%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
< 1%
Two or more races
3.93%


Data sources:
U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey", 2017-18 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Geographic Data (EDGE)", 2017-18 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey", 2017-18 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey", 2017-18 v.1a.
https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/elsi/tableGenerator.aspx

EDFacts Data Groups 695, School year 2016–17; September 28, 2018;
https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/tables/ACGR_RE_and_characteristics_2016-17.asp

Notes:
The percentages of students by race/ethnicity, students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, students with individualized education programs, and students with limited-English proficiency programs were calculated by using total number of students from Common Core of Data (CCD) and reported district amounts.

± indicates that the data do not meet NCES data quality standards