Illinois Public Schools

Illinois is the #4 largest school system in the United States, serving 2,073,721 students students across 4,332 public schools.
Minority enrollment is 50% (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the national average of 43%.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is more than the 14:1 national average.

Student by Ethnicity

(IL) School Average
American Indian
n/a
Asian
4%
Hispanic
23%
Black
19%
White
50%
Unknown
4%
Recent Public School Articles
The Right Kind of Universal Pre-K
The Right Kind of Universal Pre-K
For years there has been a push to universalize preschool in this country in order to provide all children with the leg up they will need in order to compete in a globalized economy. While approximately three-fourths of four year olds in America are involved in some kind of educational program, the United States still ranks only 25th out of the 34 most wealthy and upcoming nations in the world in terms of early childhood education, lagging behind the likes of Portugal and Mexico.
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Did You Know?
Illinois public schools have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.66, which is higher than the national average of 0.48. The most diverse school district in Illinois is Skokie School District 69 School District. Read more about public school diversity statistics in Illinois or national school diversity statistics.