Los Angeles Unified School District
lausd logo

Los Angeles district forecasts dramatic enrollment decline in the next decade

May 18, 2022
The nation's second-largest district says that not counting charter school students, enrollment is expected to drop from 430,000 to 309,000 in 9 years.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second-largest public school system, is expecting a significant enrollment decrease over the next decade.

The Associated Press reports that the forecast of an ongoing decline in student numbers was presented during a school board workshop this week.

Enrollment in LA Unified peaked at about 737,000 students two decades ago. Its official 2021-22 enrollment reported to the state of California was 548,388; that number includes charter school enrollment. Not counting most charter school students, the district has about 430,000 K-12th graders.

That number is expected to drop about 3.6% annually to an estimated 309,000 in nine years, according to the presentation.

“Los Angeles Unified is facing an alarming convergence and acceleration of enrollment decline and the expiration of one-time state and federal dollars, as well as ongoing and increasing financial liabilities,” Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.

About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Sponsored Recommendations