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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: 53 percent White, 21 percent Black, 18 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 8 percent of total enrollment in New Jersey to 19 percent in Pennsylvania.

Students

4,224,731
Schools
Number of schools
7,495
Local Education Agencies

1,617
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

43.2%
English Learners
English Learners
±
Special Education
Special Education
15.9%
Graduation Rate

83.7%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
52.5%
Black
20.9%
Hispanic
17.2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
6.1%
Two or more races
2.9%
Students

134,847
Schools
Number of schools
223
Local Education Agencies

50
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

37.4%
English Learners
English Learners
7.2%
Special Education
Special Education
15.4%
Graduation Rate

85.5%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
46%
Black
30.6%
Hispanic
16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
3.7%
Two or more races
3.2%
Students

84,024
Schools
Number of schools
228
Local Education Agencies

64
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

74.2%
English Learners
English Learners
±
Special Education
Special Education
14.6%
Graduation Rate

69.2%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
10.2%
Black
70.9%
Hispanic
15.4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
1.4%
Two or more races
1.8%
Students

879,601
Schools
Number of schools
1,437
Local Education Agencies

25
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

45.0%
English Learners
English Learners
7.2%
Special Education
Special Education
11.9%
Graduation Rate

87.6%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
39.1%
Black
34.4%
Hispanic
15.5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
6.3%
Two or more races
4.3%
Students

1,408,845
Schools
Number of schools
2,588
Local Education Agencies

694
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

36.5%
English Learners
English Learners
±
Special Education
Special Education
16.5%
Graduation Rate

90.1%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
45.8%
Black
16.1%
Hispanic
26.7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
9.5%
Two or more races
1.6%
Students

1,717,414
Schools
Number of schools
3,019
Local Education Agencies

784
Free & Reduced Priced Lunch

46.7%
English Learners
English Learners
±
Special Education
Special Education
17.6%
Graduation Rate

86.1%
Student Urbanicity
Race/Ethnicity
White
67.5%
Black
14.8%
Hispanic
10.4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
3.7%
Two or more races
3.4%


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", 2015-16 v.1a; "Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey Membership Data", 2015-16 v.1a; "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey Directory Data", 2015-16 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Directory Data", 2015-16 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Membership Data", 2015-16 v.1a; "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Staff Data", 2015-16 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," 2015-16.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2018). The Condition of Education 2018 (NCES 2018-144), Public High School Graduation Rates.

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).

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