Average Public School Spending / Student

  • The national average public school spending / student is approximately $12,295 (2018-19).
  • The state with the highest average student spending is New York, with $33,406 spent per student.
  • The state with the lowest average student spending is Utah, with $6,353 per student.
  • The public school districts with the highest average spending / student in each state are listed below (where sufficient data available).

Average Public School Spending / Student (2018-19)

State
Average Spending / Student
School Districts with Highest Spending / Student
Alabama$10,471
Sumter County School District ($17,205)
Brewton City School District ($15,522)
Enterprise City School District ($15,452)
Birmingham City School District ($14,792)
Lowndes County School District ($14,712)
Alaska$25,337
Annette Island School District ($58,572)
Yukon Flats School District ($54,651)
Aleutian Region School District ($51,148)
Hydaburg City School District ($47,679)
Lake And Peninsula Borough School District ($45,370)
Arizona$6,852
Valley Academy For Career And Technology Education School District ($1,983,000)
Mountain Institute Jted School District ($1,394,000)
Western Arizona Vocational District #50 School District ($958,500)
Graham County Special Services School District ($840,000)
Cochise Technology School District ($733,750)
Arkansas$11,226
South Pike County School District ($36,942)
Atkins School District ($32,260)
Harrisburg School District ($31,832)
Cossatot River School District ($31,647)
Newport School District ($28,680)
California$11,340
Sierra County Office Of Education School District ($1,097,500)
Alpine County Office Of Education School District ($906,500)
Colusa County Office Of Education School District ($509,393)
Trinity County Office Of Education School District ($427,429)
Bishop Unified School District ($336,517)
Colorado$12,694
San Juan Boces School District ($185,793)
Mountain Boces School District ($111,902)
Agate No. 300 School District ($103,200)
Centennial Boces School District ($86,579)
Centennial No. R-1 School District ($66,979)
Delaware$8,921
New Castle County Vocational-technical School District ($18,761)
Milford School District ($18,606)
Cape Henlopen School District ($18,368)
Gateway Lab School District ($18,204)
Positive Outcomes Charter School District ($16,772)
District of Columbia$13,607
St Coletta Special Education Pcs School District ($59,708)
Layc Career Academy School District ($57,053)
Briya Pcs School District ($42,119)
Seed Pcs Of Washington Dc School District ($38,428)
Creative Minds International Pcs School District ($33,533)
Florida$13,734
Calhoun School District ($13,822)
Franklin School District ($13,591)
Monroe School District ($13,183)
Washington School District ($12,897)
Sarasota School District ($12,443)
Georgia$9,903
Commission Charter Schools- Coweta Charter Academy School District ($64,787)
Lincoln County School District ($23,824)
Quitman County School District ($20,420)
Echols County School District ($19,736)
State Charter Schools- Provost Academy Georgia School District ($19,659)
Idaho$9,000
Avery School District ($62,000)
Culdesac Joint School District ($21,259)
Mullan School District ($19,636)
Arbon Elementary School District ($18,333)
South Lemhi School District ($17,444)
Illinois$13,417
Rantoul City 137 School District ($160,486)
Tri-county Sp Ed Jnt Agreement School District ($114,815)
Nw Suburban Spec Educ Org School District ($96,569)
Union 81 School District ($48,632)
Rondout 72 School District ($48,215)
Indiana$10,672
Northwest Indiana Spec Ed Coop School District ($263,167)
Southside Sp Srvs Of Marion County School District ($99,420)
Hope Academy School District ($23,243)
Dekalb County Eastern Com School District ($21,674)
Carpe Diem - Meridian Campus School District ($21,149)
Iowa$10,932
Ikm-manning Community School District ($24,258)
Gmg Community School District ($23,436)
Northeast Hamilton Community School District ($23,096)
West Fork Csd School District ($22,862)
West Central Valley Community School District ($22,157)
Kansas$13,194
Kiowa County School District ($68,285)
Chapman School District ($56,157)
Copeland School District ($45,929)
Erie-galesburg School District ($36,353)
Independence School District ($27,512)
Kentucky$10,284
Anchorage Independent School District ($16,354)
Pendleton County School District ($15,375)
Nicholas County School District ($14,751)
Dawson Springs Independent School District ($14,324)
Owen County School District ($14,253)
Louisiana$22,732
Orleans Parish School District ($44,106)
Cameron Parish School District ($42,504)
Crescent Leadership Academy School District ($25,010)
Baton Rouge Charter Academy At Mid-city School District ($23,653)
New Orleans Military/maritime Academy School District ($22,767)
Maine$16,255
Islesboro School District ($98,300)
Isle Au Haut School District ($58,400)
Eastport School District ($36,661)
Rsu 84/msad 14 School District ($32,417)
Rsu 07/msad 07 School District ($31,065)
Maryland$16,634
Worcester County School District ($18,588)
Somerset County School District ($17,738)
Montgomery County School District ($17,337)
Dorchester County School District ($16,775)
Kent County School District ($16,716)
Massachusetts$19,475
Gosnold School District ($191,500)
Provincetown School District ($63,178)
Kipp Academy Boston Charter School (district) School District ($56,861)
Somerset Berkley Regional School District ($56,173)
Southwick-tolland-granville Regional School District ($43,270)
Michigan$12,416
Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System School District ($12,596,000)
Oakland Schools School District ($217,905)
Marquette-alger Resa School District ($192,067)
Midland County Educational Service Agency School District ($168,452)
Gratiot-isabella Resd School District ($164,071)
Minnesota$11,205
Fergus Falls Area Sp. Ed. Coop. School District ($2,293,000)
Midwest Special Education Coop. School District ($1,561,000)
Jordan Public School District ($1,452,250)
Region 4-lakes Country Service Coop School District ($1,307,595)
Regn 6 And 8-sw/wc Srv Cooperative School District ($498,778)
Mississippi$10,094
Bay St Louis Waveland School District ($20,917)
Montgomery County School District ($17,511)
Sunflower County Consolidate School District ($15,620)
Hollandale School District ($14,720)
Pass Christian Public School District ($14,716)
Missouri$9,907
Pemiscot Co. Spec. Sch. School District ($247,875)
Specl. Sch. Dst. St. Louis Co. School District ($97,952)
Ewing Marion Kauffman School District ($47,269)
Clayton School District ($27,667)
Brentwood School District ($26,744)
Montana$14,876
Lambert High School District ($134,744)
Judith Gap High School District ($86,857)
Yellowstone Academy Elementary School District ($74,826)
Lambert Elementary School District ($70,544)
Brockton High School District ($68,333)
Nebraska$15,659
Educational Service Unit 09 School District ($346,250)
Howells-dodge Consolidated Schools School District ($50,450)
Friend School District ($34,827)
Santee Community Schools School District ($27,497)
Elm Creek School District ($27,254)
Nevada$10,786
Esmeralda County School District ($33,224)
Eureka County School District ($29,786)
Pershing County School District ($21,405)
Storey County School District ($18,656)
Mineral County School District ($17,669)
New Hampshire$25,206
Marlborough School District ($45,967)
Errol School District ($36,533)
Pittsburg School District ($34,213)
Keene School District ($32,747)
Wilton-lyndeboro School District ($29,735)
New Jersey$20,942
Monmouth-ocean Educational Services Commission School District ($1,840,458)
Essex Regional Educational Services Commission School District ($658,133)
Educational Services Commission Of Morris County School District ($542,836)
Hunterdon County Vocational School District ($415,250)
Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission School District ($236,145)
New Mexico$13,383
Roy Municipal Schools School District ($43,775)
William W & Josephine Dorn Charter Community School District ($43,400)
Mosquero Municipal Schools School District ($41,000)
House Municipal Schools School District ($33,762)
Wagon Mound School District ($33,000)
New York$33,406
New York City Geographic District #23 School District ($6,149,427,250)
Wainscott Common School District ($177,733)
Kiryas Joel Village Union Free School District ($159,284)
Fire Island Union Free School District ($151,657)
Sagaponack Common School District ($135,455)
North Carolina$8,766
Corvian Community School District ($34,227)
Grandfather Academy School District ($25,235)
Hyde County Schools School District ($19,307)
North East Carolina Preparatory School District ($18,246)
Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy School District ($18,100)
North Dakota$12,117
Central Elem 32 School District ($69,667)
Horse Creek 32 School District ($55,000)
Twin Buttes 37 School District ($46,049)
Bakker 10 School District ($45,500)
Naughton 25 School District ($43,750)
Ohio$11,580
Kelleys Island Local School District ($874,000)
Butler Technology & Career Development Schools School District ($127,692)
Nexus Academy Of Columbus School District ($79,091)
Entrepreneurship Preparatory School - Woodland Hills Campus School District ($71,427)
Horizon Science Academy Elementary School District ($63,427)
Oklahoma$8,852
Graham-dustin School District ($218,592)
White Oak School District ($38,585)
Fort Supply School District ($33,217)
Greasy School District ($24,114)
Freedom School District ($21,080)
Oregon$11,740
Multnomah Esd School District ($833,306)
Troy 54 School District ($83,500)
Double O 28 School District ($66,500)
Plush 18 School District ($58,000)
Juntura 12 School District ($48,800)
Pennsylvania$12,915
Chester County Technical College High School District ($53,535)
Duquesne City School District ($42,054)
Chester-upland School District ($34,748)
Springfield Township School District ($31,325)
Wilkinsburg Borough School District ($29,509)
Rhode Island$23,620
New Shoreham School District ($44,723)
Achievement First Rhode Island School District ($39,456)
Jamestown School District ($26,798)
Little Compton School District ($24,396)
Trinity Academy For The Performing Arts School District ($23,010)
South Carolina$10,341
Mccormick 01 School District ($26,863)
Allendale 01 School District ($20,349)
York 01 School District ($19,969)
Calhoun 01 School District ($18,980)
Clarendon 01 School District ($17,174)
South Dakota$11,062
Elk Mountain 16-2 School District ($50,750)
Eagle Butte 20-1 School District ($24,515)
Harding County 31-1 School District ($21,594)
Viborg-hurley 60-6 School District ($18,942)
Freeman 33-1 School District ($18,910)
Tennessee$8,365
Carroll County School District ($1,251,667)
Shelby County School District ($334,314)
Achievement School District ($29,095)
Hardin County School District ($16,618)
Franklin Ssd School District ($12,773)
Texas$11,097
Terrell County Independent School District ($135,440)
Fort Elliott Cisd School District ($131,162)
Kenedy County Wide Csd School District ($128,133)
Blackwell Cisd School District ($107,128)
Rankin Independent School District ($83,490)
Utah$6,353
Paradigm High School District ($36,543)
Excelsior Academy School District ($33,080)
North Davis Preparatory Academy School District ($32,774)
Highmark Charter School District ($25,459)
Grand School District ($22,806)
Vermont$18,186
Weybridge School District ($37,667)
Rochester School District ($32,655)
Essex Community Education Center School District ($28,421)
Oxbow Uhsd #30 School District ($28,381)
Athens/grafton Contract School District ($27,308)
Virginia$11,792
Lexington City School District ($24,921)
Arlington County School District ($19,677)
Highland County School District ($19,063)
Surry County School District ($18,634)
Falls Church City School District ($17,931)
Washington$12,581
Educational Service District 112 School District ($1,335,359)
Everett School District ($340,385)
Olympic Educational Service District 114 School District ($166,880)
Educational Service District 101 School District ($85,313)
Skykomish School District ($72,583)
West Virginia$12,722
Mcdowell County Schools School District ($19,267)
Braxton County Schools School District ($17,107)
Mingo County Schools School District ($16,890)
Tyler County Schools School District ($15,056)
Webster County Schools School District ($14,682)
Wisconsin$14,468
Norris School District ($43,750)
Reedsville School District ($28,069)
North Lakeland School District ($25,393)
Phelps School District ($24,526)
Menominee Indian School District ($24,399)
Wyoming$23,428
Fremont County #38 School District ($63,679)
Sublette County #1 School District ($45,990)
Fremont County # 2 School District ($42,813)
Sheridan County #3 School District ($42,478)
Sheridan County #1 School District ($34,770)
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The state with highest average public school spending / student is New York, with $33,406. The state with the lowest average public school spending / student is Utah with $6,353.