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New York City Public Schools: Demographic and Enrollment Trends cover New York City Public Schools: Demographic and Enrollment Trends 1990-2002, five borough reports focusing on demographic, enrollment and school utilization trends at the citywide, borough and school district level, including maps of existing and planned elementary, intermediate and high schools, 2003.

Use the links below to access the full report.


New York City’s under 18 population, numbering 1,940,269 in 2000, is greater than the total population of all but three American cities. Nearly one-quarter of New York City’s residents are under the age of 18, and more than 55% of these young people were enrolled in the city’s public schools in grades Pre-K to 12 in the 2001-2002 school year. Another 25%, or more than half a million children, were under the age of five; many of these children are about to enter the public school system for the first time. Most of New York City’s public school students go to a school within the community school district in which they live.

Under the NYC Department of Education’s reorganization plan, ten instructional divisions have been established to oversee elementary, intermediate and high schools within their boundaries. Each instructional division is composed of two, three or four community school districts. The city’s 32 community school districts (CSD) were conceived during the school decentralization movement of the late 1960's. School district boundaries are co-terminus with borough boundaries but otherwise do not conform to any other jurisdictional boundaries in the city, including community districts or municipal, state, or federal election districts.

A considerable amount of information has been collected at the school district level for over 30 years by federal, state and local entities. The availability of comparable data at the school district level continues to be a valuable tool for understanding the complex dynamics involved in providing public education in a city as large and diverse as New York.

Contents and Organization of Borough School Profiles
These reports present a wide range of information at the citywide, borough and school district level. The focus is on demographic, enrollment and utilization trends, and not on the numerous performance indicators that are used to measure educational effectiveness. The Department of City Planning compiled the information from a variety of independent sources to assist in its own work related to the public school system, including analysis of school needs for neighborhood planning, environmental review, and school site selection purposes. The department believes that others -- educators, community organizations, elected officials, parents and planners -- may also find these profiles of assistance in understanding the differing school district conditions and trends and how they relate to the instructional division, borough and citywide context.

Technical notes, located at the end of each volume, provide explanations of special terms, programs, or methodologies referred to in these reports, as well as the data sources that were used, including Census data and NYC Department of Education reports. The Department of City Planning is responsible for any errors of transcription or interpretation of data from other sources.

The profiles are organized into five borough volumes. Each volume includes information at the citywide, borough, and community school district level. Illustrative maps, tables and figures provide information on:
  • demographic trends, with an emphasis on the under 18 population;
  • public school student population trends including recent immigrant students;
  • utilization trends for community school districts and high school districts;
  • public school enrollment trends;
  • Charter schools;
  • new school facilities/additions planned or under construction in the borough and in the community school district;
  • the location of high schools and high school utilization rates in the borough; and
  • the location of each elementary and intermediate school building in community school districts and enrollment, capacity and utilization rates for individual schools in each school district.

PDF Document The report is available by borough volume, in pdf format; you will require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Note: The maps in the reports are at a low resolution.

Brooklyn (3.2 mg)
Bronx (2.3 mg)
Manhattan (2.2 mg)
Queens (2.8 mg)
Staten Island (1.4 mg)

Higher resolution maps:
Brooklyn Maps (10.3 mg)
Bronx Maps (6.4 mg)
Manhattan Maps (5.8 mg)
Queens Maps (10.1 mg)
Staten Island Maps (2.3 mg)
New York City Maps (3.2 mg)


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