Fact and Figures About Rural Schools in Non-Rural School Districts

Last Updated: December 29, 2009

This article appeared in the December 2009 Rural Policy Matters. 

Question: What percentage of students attend a school that is designated as rural (the school is located in a rural community) but the district is NOT designated rural?

Answer: 31%. A rural district is classified by the National Center for Education Statistics as one in which the number of children who attend a school located in a rural place outnumber students who attend a school in an urban or suburban place or a town. Because many districts are large and encompass more than one kind of community, many rural schools are located in districts that are not designated as rural.

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