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Largest school districts in the United States

  • Largest school districts in the United States
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    Largest school districts in the United States

    For many students, enrolling in elementary school begins a 12-year journey with the same group of people. Elementary schools feed into a few middle schools, and those middle schools feed into a couple of high schools. The sizes of different school districts vary enormously across the country, with several that are particularly populous.

    While larger districts may have bigger budgets and more resources, they also face a number of challenges potentially relating to larger student-teacher ratios, or a less-personal student experience. In some cases, however, these large districts can be impressive and successful.

    Stacker took a look at data from Niche in which school districts are ranked by the number of students in each district. Also included on each slide are each district’s number of schools, number of students and overall Niche grade.

    Read on to see which school districts around the country are the biggest.

    ALSO: Click here to see the best public high school in every state.

  • #50. Katy Independent School District
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    #50. Katy Independent School District

    Location: Katy, TX

    Number of schools: 69

    Number of students: 72,952

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • #49. Fort Bend Independent School District
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    #49. Fort Bend Independent School District

    Location: Sugar Land, TX

    Number of schools: 79

    Number of students: 73,115

    Overall Niche grade: A

  • #48. Guilford County Schools
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    #48. Guilford County Schools

    Location: Greensboro, NC

    Number of schools: 126

    Number of students: 73,133

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #47. Fresno Unified School District
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    #47. Fresno Unified School District

    Location: Fresno, CA

    Number of schools: 110

    Number of students: 73,460

    Overall Niche grade: C+

  • #46. Milwaukee School District
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    #46. Milwaukee School District

    Location: Milwaukee, WI

    Number of schools: 160

    Number of students: 75,749

    Overall Niche grade: C

  • #45. Loudoun County Public Schools
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    #45. Loudoun County Public Schools

    Location: Ashburn, VA

    Number of schools: 93

    Number of students: 76,202

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • #44. Greenville County School District
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    #44. Greenville County School District

    Location: Greenville, SC

    Number of schools: 96

    Number of students: 76,315

    Overall Niche grade: A-

  • #43. Alpine School District
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    #43. Alpine School District

    Location: American Fork, UT

    Number of schools: 86

    Number of students: 76,938

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #42. Long Beach Unified School District
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    #42. Long Beach Unified School District

    Location: Long Beach, CA

    Number of schools: 88

    Number of students: 77,812

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #41. Anne Arundel County Public Schools
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    #41. Anne Arundel County Public Schools

    Location: Annapolis, MD

    Number of schools: 124

    Number of students: 80,387

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #40. Austin Independent School District
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    #40. Austin Independent School District

    Location: Austin, TX

    Number of schools: 132

    Number of students: 83,648

    Overall Niche grade: A

  • #39. Baltimore City Public Schools
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    #39. Baltimore City Public Schools

    Location: Baltimore, MD

    Number of schools: 186

    Number of students: 83,666

    Overall Niche grade: C-

  • #38. Metro Nashville Public Schools
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    #38. Metro Nashville Public Schools

    Location: Nashville, TN

    Number of schools: 167

    Number of students: 85,598

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #37. Jefferson County School District No. R-1
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    #37. Jefferson County School District No. R-1

    Location: Golden, CO

    Number of schools: 165

    Number of students: 86,731

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #36. Fort Worth Independent School District
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    #36. Fort Worth Independent School District

    Location: Fort Worth, TX

    Number of schools: 149

    Number of students: 87,080

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #35. Prince William County Public Schools
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    #35. Prince William County Public Schools

    Location: Manassas, VA

    Number of schools: 92

    Number of students: 87,793

    Overall Niche grade: A

  • #34. Denver Public Schools
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    #34. Denver Public Schools

    Location: Denver, CO

    Number of schools: 191

    Number of students: 90,235

    Overall Niche grade: B-

  • #33. Albuquerque Public Schools
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    #33. Albuquerque Public Schools

    Location: Albuquerque, NM

    Number of schools: 163

    Number of students: 90,566

    Overall Niche grade: C+

  • #32. Lee County Public Schools
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    #32. Lee County Public Schools

    Location: Fort Myers, FL

    Number of schools: 125

    Number of students: 91,309

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #31. Fulton County Schools
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    #31. Fulton County Schools

    Location: Atlanta, GA

    Number of schools: 106

    Number of students: 95,641

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #30. Jefferson County Public Schools
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    #30. Jefferson County Public Schools

    Location: Louisville, KY

    Number of schools: 176

    Number of students: 100,627

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #29. Dekalb County Schools
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    #29. Dekalb County Schools

    Location: Stone Mountain, GA

    Number of schools: 135

    Number of students: 101,389

    Overall Niche grade: C

  • #28. Polk County Public Schools
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    #28. Polk County Public Schools

    Location: Bartow, FL

    Number of schools: 164

    Number of students: 101,635

    Overall Niche grade: B-

  • #27. Pinellas County Schools
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    #27. Pinellas County Schools

    Location: Largo, FL

    Number of schools: 175

    Number of students: 103,495

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #26. Northside Independent School District (San Antonio)
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    #26. Northside Independent School District (San Antonio)

    Location: San Antonio, TX

    Number of schools: 123

    Number of students: 105,110

    Overall Niche grade: A

  • #25. Baltimore County Public Schools
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    #25. Baltimore County Public Schools

    Location: Towson, MD

    Number of schools: 174

    Number of students: 111,138

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #24. Cobb County Schools
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    #24. Cobb County Schools

    Location: Marietta, GA

    Number of schools: 111

    Number of students: 112,708

    Overall Niche grade: A-

  • #23. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
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    #23. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

    Location: Houston, TX

    Number of schools: 87

    Number of students: 113,936

    Overall Niche grade: A

  • #22. Shelby County Schools
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    #22. Shelby County Schools

    Location: Memphis, TN

    Number of schools: 234

    Number of students: 114,487

    Overall Niche grade: B-

  • #21. Prince George's County Public Schools
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    #21. Prince George's County Public Schools

    Location: Upper Marlboro, MD

    Number of schools: 214

    Number of students: 128,936

    Overall Niche grade: C

  • #20. Duval County Public Schools
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    #20. Duval County Public Schools

    Location: Jacksonville, FL

    Number of schools: 218

    Number of students: 129,192

    Overall Niche grade: C+

  • #19. San Diego Unified School District
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    #19. San Diego Unified School District

    Location: San Diego, CA

    Number of schools: 229

    Number of students: 129,380

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #18. Philadelphia City School District
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    #18. Philadelphia City School District

    Location: Philadelphia, PA

    Number of schools: 218

    Number of students: 134,044

    Overall Niche grade: C+

  • #17. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
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    #17. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Location: Charlotte, NC

    Number of schools: 170

    Number of students: 146,211

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #16. Montgomery County Public Schools
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    #16. Montgomery County Public Schools

    Location: Rockville, MD

    Number of schools: 207

    Number of students: 156,380

    Overall Niche grade: A

  • #15. Wake County Schools
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    #15. Wake County Schools

    Location: Cary, NC

    Number of schools: 181

    Number of students: 157,761

    Overall Niche grade: A-

  • #14. Dallas Independent School District
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    #14. Dallas Independent School District

    Location: Dallas, TX

    Number of schools: 244

    Number of students: 158,604

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #13. Gwinnett County Public Schools
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    #13. Gwinnett County Public Schools

    Location: Lawrenceville, GA

    Number of schools: 136

    Number of students: 176,052

    Overall Niche grade: B+

  • #12. Hawaii Department of Education
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    #12. Hawaii Department of Education

    Location: Honolulu, HI

    Number of schools: 292

    Number of students: 181,589

    Overall Niche grade: C+

  • #11. Fairfax County Public Schools
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    #11. Fairfax County Public Schools

    Location: Falls Church, VA

    Number of schools: 222

    Number of students: 185,828

    Overall Niche grade: A+

  • #10. Palm Beach County School District
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    #10. Palm Beach County School District

    Location: West Palm Beach, FL

    Number of schools: 282

    Number of students: 189,322

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #9. Orange County Public Schools
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    #9. Orange County Public Schools

    Location: Orlando, FL

    Number of schools: 264

    Number of students: 196,951

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #8. Hillsborough County Public Schools
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    #8. Hillsborough County Public Schools

    Location: Tampa, FL

    Number of schools: 315

    Number of students: 211,923

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #7. Houston Independent School District
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    #7. Houston Independent School District

    Location: Houston, TX

    Number of schools: 287

    Number of students: 215,627

    Overall Niche grade: B

  • #6. Broward County Public Schools
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    #6. Broward County Public Schools

    Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Number of schools: 368

    Number of students: 269,098

    Overall Niche grade: B-

  • #5. Clark County School District
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    #5. Clark County School District

    Location: Las Vegas, NV

    Number of schools: 376

    Number of students: 325,331

    Overall Niche grade: B-

  • #4. Miami-Dade County Public Schools
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    #4. Miami-Dade County Public Schools

    Location: Miami, FL

    Number of schools: 535

    Number of students: 357,579

    Overall Niche grade: B-

  • #3. Puerto Rico Department of Education
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    #3. Puerto Rico Department of Education

    Location: Hato Rey, PR

    Number of schools: 1,463

    Number of students: 366,746

    Overall Niche grade: NG

  • #2. Chicago Public Schools
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    #2. Chicago Public Schools

    Location: Chicago, IL

    Number of schools: 595

    Number of students: 387,311

    Overall Niche grade: B-

  • #1. Los Angeles Unified School District
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    #1. Los Angeles Unified School District

    Location: Los Angeles, CA

    Number of schools: 1,021

    Number of students: 639,337

    Overall Niche grade: C

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