By Amy Roberts and Caitlin Stark, CNN Library
(CNN) - It’s back to school time. Starting dates around the U.S. vary by state and district: Some schools started on different dates in August, while others start this week. As we embark on the 2012-2013 academic year, here’s a numerical snapshot of education in the U.S.
54.7 million – Number of students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools, both public and private, in the U.S. in 2011.
3.7 million – Elementary and secondary school teachers working in U.S. schools in 2011.
$11,467 – The estimated average amount a typical public school will spend on each student in 2012-2013.
31.8 million – Number of children who received free or reduced price lunches through the National School Lunch Program in 2011.
3.4 million – Students expected to graduate from high school in the 2012-2013 school year.
11.8 milllion – Number of students who spoke a language other than English at home in 2010.
2.04 million – Number of homeschooled students in 2010.
$83.8 billion – Estimated amount to be spent on back-to-school shopping in the U.S. in 2012.
$688 – Average amount parents will spend on back-to-school items for kids in grades K-12.
21.6 million – Number of students expected to be enrolled in colleges and universities in fall 2012.
12.3 million – Number of female students expected to be enrolled in colleges and universities in fall 2012.
16 – Percent of college students age 35 and older in 2010.
$20,100 – Total annual cost of attending a public college/university in 2010, paying in-state tuition.
$39,800 – Total annual cost of attending a private college/university in 2010.
Interesting that 60 percent of students need subsidized lunches.
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