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Annual enrollment in Oklahoma public schools increases in 2014, Continues upward trend

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 3, 2014) – The number of students in Oklahoma public schools increased for the 2014-15 school year, keeping in line with a steady, long-term trend.

Total enrollment for 2014 in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade is 688,300 students, an increase of 6,722 over last year’s total of 681,578. From 2010 through 2014, enrollment grew by 28,685.

“As Oklahoma grows, our schools must take on more students. A steady increase in enrollment creates real challenges for our educators, especially in the midst of a teacher shortage and budgetary constraints,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi.

“More funding needs to be allocated for classrooms and teacher salaries, but money alone will not help without strong leadership from school leaders. There are teachers all across Oklahoma who realize that and have shown great success in spite of the increasing load,” Barresi said.

The largest districts in Oklahoma are:

  • Oklahoma City Public Schools with 45,297 students,
  • Tulsa with 41,043,
  • Moore with 23,559,
  • Edmond with 23,522 and
  • Putnam City with 19,447,

followed by Broken Arrow, Union, Norman, Lawton and Midwest City-Del City. These are the same 10 largest districts as last year, although some have changed rankings.

According to this year’s report, Oklahoma’s student population is:

  • 51 percent white,
  • 15 percent American Indian,
  • 15 percent Hispanic,
  • 9 percent black,
  • 8 percent two or more races, and
  • 2 percent Asian, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

Enrollment figures are recorded Oct. 1 annually at every site in Oklahoma’s public and charter school districts. That data is then sent to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) accreditation office.

There are 517 public school districts and 12 charter school districts in Oklahoma, and 1,791 school sites listed on the Oct. 1 count.

Annual Enrollment 2014 chart - 2009 to 2014

10 Largest Public School Districts chart

Oklahoma Public School Enrollment 2014 Average Race/ethnicity of Student Population, October 1, 2014 chart

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Last updated on December 3, 2014