Back To Article  How Many Kids Are In School This Year? 
This chart shows how many kids across the United States are heading back to school this month. It also shows the enrollments for U.S. schools in past years. 

THE YEAR 
NUMBER OF STUDENTS KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 12 

1997  52,000,000 students 
1987  45,000,000 students 
1977  49,000,000 students 
1967  50,000,000 students 
1957  41,000,000 students 
1947  28,000,000 students 
1937  28,000,000 students 
1927  28,000,000 students 
1917  23,000,000 students 
1907  19,000,000 students 
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Source: Digest of Education Statistics 1996. All numbers rounded. Data for years prior to 1967 are estimated based on enrollment figures for 1909, 1919, 1929, 1939, 1949, 1959. Beginning in the fall of 1980, data include an expanded universe of private schools. 1997 enrollment projected. Copyright 1997 by Education World. Permission is granted to teachers to reproduce this skill page for classroom use.