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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: 42 percent White, 34 percent Black, 16 percent Hispanic, and 5 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 8 percent of total enrollment in New Jersey to 19 percent in Pennsylvania.

Students

4,233,253
Schools
Number of schools
7,512
Local Education Agencies

1,624
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

51.1%
English Learners
English Learners
6.1%
Special Education
Special Education
14.9%
Graduation Rate

83.1%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
42.3%
Black
33.8%
Hispanic
16.1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
4.8%
Two or more races
2.6%
Students

134,042
Schools
Number of schools
219
Local Education Agencies

46
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

37.0%
English Learners
English Learners
6.3%
Special Education
Special Education
14.8%
Graduation Rate

85.6%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
46.6%
Black
31.2%
Hispanic
15.3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
3.6%
Two or more races
2.8%
Students

80,958
Schools
Number of schools
229
Local Education Agencies

64
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

92.5%
English Learners
English Learners
9.3%
Special Education
Special Education
15.0%
Graduation Rate

68.5%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
9.6%
Black
71.8%
Hispanic
15.0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
1.4%
Two or more races
1.8%
Students

874,514
Schools
Number of schools
1,438
Local Education Agencies

25
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

45.0%
English Learners
English Learners
6.9%
Special Education
Special Education
11.8%
Graduation Rate

87.0%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
39.9%
Black
34.6%
Hispanic
14.7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
6.2%
Two or more races
4.2%
Students

1,400,579
Schools
Number of schools
2,571
Local Education Agencies

693
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

35.9%
English Learners
English Learners
4.8%
Special Education
Special Education
15.9%
Graduation Rate

89.7%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
47.1%
Black
16.1%
Hispanic
25.7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
9.4%
Two or more races
1.4%
Students

1,743,160
Schools
Number of schools
3,055
Local Education Agencies

796
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

45.1%
English Learners
English Learners
3.0%
Special Education
Special Education
17.0%
Graduation Rate

84.8%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
68.3%
Black
15.0%
Hispanic
10.0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
3.6%
Two or more races
3.0%


Data sources:
U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2014-15 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2014-15 v.1a.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe - Geographic Data," 2014-15. EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School year 2014–15; September 15, 2016.

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).