Pinellas County Total Public and Private School Enrollment
Pinellas County’s public and private school enrollment totaled 117,653 students for the 2009-10 school year, a decline of 1.3% from 2008-09 and 8.1% from the peak enrollment of 128,000 students reached in 2002-03 (see Chart 1). Based on public school enrollment data for 2010-11 (private school data for 2010-11 will not be available until late summer 2011), total public and private school enrollment for 2010-11 is expected to decline slightly.
- The decline in total enrollment from the 2002-03 peak occurred in both public and private schools.
- It is important to note that individual county private school enrollment data reported by the Florida Department of Education may understate actual enrollment. Please see the note at the end of this section for details.
- Elementary schools accounted for the largest portion of the decline in total public and private school enrollment (Chart 2).
- Elementary school enrollment peaked at 61,939 students in 1999-2000 and has declined steadily through 2009-10, an overall decline of 14.5 %. Enrollment in 2009-10 totaled 52,947 students, a decline of 0.5% from 2008-09.
- Middle school enrollment in 2009-10 totaled 27,152 students and was 11.9% below the 2002-03 peak.
- High school enrollment totaled 37,554 in 2009-10, a decrease of 2.0% from the prior year. Although enrollment has leveled off in recent years, further declines are expected.
Pinellas County Public School Enrollment
Pinellas County’s total public school enrollment has been in a downtrend since 2003-04 when enrollment reached a peak of 110,120 students. Since then, total enrollment has declined 7.3% to 102,131 in 2010-11 (Chart 3).
Pinellas County Private School Enrollment
Pinellas County’s private school enrollment reached a peak in 2004-05 and declined sharply in 2005-06 reflecting, in part, a change in reporting methodology (Chart 4). The decline through 2009-10 is primarily the result of declines in student membership. Reporting compliance issues discussed at the end of this section may have affected student enrollment totals.
- Private schools’ share of total Pinellas County public and private school enrollment reached a peak of 14.2% in 2004-05 and declined to 12.1% in 2009-10, the lowest share in more than ten years (Chart 5).
School Enrollment Comparison – Pinellas vs. Other Counties
The growth in total school enrollment for Florida, Pinellas and comparably sized counties has slowed considerably in recent years (Chart 6). Based on long-term projections of Pinellas County’s youth population by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Florida, it is expected that Pinellas’ school enrollment will continue to decline. In contrast, school enrollment for Florida as a whole is expected to increase.
- Private schools’ share of total enrollment varies considerably for comparably sized counties (Chart 7).
- The sharp decline in Hillsborough County’s share in 2007-08 reflects, for the most part, the failure of ten private schools to submit their enrollment for the annual survey.
Visit the following websites for Florida’s public and private school enrollment data:
- Florida School Indicators Report - Data Publications & Reports:
- Private School Annual Reports: