Why do we collect demographic data?

Demographic data is the information that describes a school's or district’s student population. This data can include student ethnicity, race, gender and much more. The demographics outlined in the chart to the left are students eligible for free or reduced lunch, students who receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA/Special Education), and students who are still learning the English language (Title III/EL).

The reason for collecting data about school and district demographics is to see a clear picture of the make-up of the school or district. One of the most important reasons for collecting student demographic data is so administrators and teachers can make informed decisions about instruction and programs so each student is provided with an appropriate education.


Sweetwater #1 Demographic Data

May 2018 - Student Numbers

Category 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Total Enrollment 5,607 5,719 5,749 5,656 5,455
Free-Reduced Lunch Eligible 2,067 2,054 2,067 2,217 2,045
Special Education Population 775 806 783 782 809
English Learner Population (Active and Monitoring) 422 446 472 396 340



SCSD#1 Demographics

December  18, 2017

Total Number of Students 5447
Female 48.80%
Male 51.20%
American Indian 1.96%
Asian 0.70%
Black 1.93%
Hispanic 9.11%
Multiracial 1.80%
Pacific Islander 0.26%
White 84.25%
English Learners (EL) 6.43%
Free Reduced Lunch Eligable (FRL) 38.00%
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)  14.12%