The number of students in Oklahoma public schools continued to rise in 2017, increasing by more than 1,000 from the previous year.
A total of 694,816 students were enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at the start of the school year, an increase of 1,106 over the 2016 total of 693,710 and 21,626 more than in 2012.
Districts record enrollment every year on Oct. 1 and report the figures to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Oklahoma has 512 traditional public school districts, 1,795 total school sites, 28 charter school districts and 58 charter school sites.
The list of the 10 largest districts is identical to last year’s, although some changed position within the ranking. This year’s 10 largest districts are:
- Oklahoma City Public Schools: 45,034 students
- Tulsa Public Schools: 39,596
- Edmond Public Schools: 24,892
- Moore Public Schools: 24,687
- Putnam City Public Schools: 19,515
- Broken Arrow Public Schools: 19,081
- Norman Public Schools: 16,103
- Union Public Schools: 15,847
- Mid-Del Public Schools: 14,334
- Lawton Public Schools: 14,068
Putnam City, Mid-Del and Broken Arrow grew less than 1 percent. Enrollment decreased 4.6 percent in Lawton, 2.13 percent in Tulsa, 1.58 percent in Oklahoma City and less than 1 percent in Union.
Statewide, student population percentages shifted slightly this year. Most significantly, the percentage of white students dipped below 50 percent for the second year in a row to 48.85 percent compared to 49.36 percent in 2016. The number of Native American students decreased again this year, while the percentage of Hispanic students and students of two or more ethnicities continued to increase. This school year, Oklahoma’s student population is:
- 48.85 percent white
- 17.23 percent Hispanic
- 13.59 percent Native American or Alaskan Native
- 9.33 percent two or more races
- 8.61 percent black
- 2.39 percent Asian, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander