Education Fast Facts

Broward County School System Fast Facts

For Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) interesting factoids, please see below or click here to visit the District's website.

How many students attend Broward schools in 2015/16?
There are 268,836 students enrolled in Broward schools

How many children attend after-school programs?
During the 2013-2014 school year, 21,585 Pre K-8th grade students participated in before and after school programs. Out of those students, 1,010 have speacial needs. The 194 programs are geared to offer academics, access to technology, indoor and outdoor play, drama, snacks and much more. Children must be registered for the program; a registration fee is required each time the student registers or has to re-register for the program. Families who qualify for free and reduced lunch may apply for a limited amount of reduced fee scholarships.

How many countries and how many languages are represented in Broward schools?
BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 198 different countries and speak 184 different languages.

Which languages are taught?
There are nine world languages taught at BCPS:

What is the number of English Language Learners (ELL) students?
As of May 2015, there are 29,082 English Language Learners in BCPS.

How many Exceptional Student Education (ESE) children are there?
In the 2012-2013 school year, there were more than 42,000 ESE students. Over 31,000 students with disabilities and almost 11,000 students in gifted programs.

How much is spent per student on average?

Average Pupil Expenditures (as of June 30, 2014)
Basic K - 12: $6,096 ESE: $10,833
ESOL: $6,335 Career Ed 9-12: $6,095 

How many schools are there in the BCPS system?
For the 2015/16 year, there is a grand total of 343 schools:

Elementary 137
Middle 40
High 33
Combination 6
Centers 19
Colleges 3
Charter Schools 105

What is the number of actual classrooms/square footage of school buildings?
As of June 30, 2015, there is a total of 13,672 classrooms in the district. 12,315 are permanent classrooms, and 1,357 are relocatable classrooms. The total amount of square footage used by BCPS is over 37 million.

How many days in a school calendar?
Students are required to attend school for 180 per school year. While most of our schools are on a calendar that runs approximately from the end of August until the beginning of June, we have six schools on a modified (year-round) calendar.

How many magnet programs are there?
There are 66 magnet programs in 55 schools (21 elementary schools, 18 middle schools and 16 high schools).

How many employees does the school district have?
There are a total of 31,797 employees working for BCPS. Of those, 25,493 are permanent employees (instructional staff, administrators, and clerical, support staff, etc.). The other 6,304 are the total number of substitute and temporary employees.

What's the entry-level and average salary for teachers?
The starting salary for a newly hired Broward public school teacher ranges from $40,000 to $79,250, depending on their education and experience.

Effective July 1, 2011, as provided in Florida Statutes, teachers that are new to the District or teachers that are rehired after a break in service may receive pay for advanced degrees provided the degree is held in their area of certification. You are paid for the highest degree earned.

A variety of supplementary pay positions such as department chairpersons, coaching, team leaders, textbook coordinators, and club sponsors are available. They range from $300 - $10,000.

What's the average experience of a Broward school teacher?
The average experience of a Broward teacher is 12.96 years.

What is the percentage of Broward teachers with advanced degrees?
The percentage of Broward County Public School Teachers who have earned an advanced degree (master's, Ph.D.) is 43%

Does every school have a school nurse?
The Broward County School Health Program is comprised of different entities that provide funding for basic school health nursing services for students. There are currently 137 out of 230 schools staffed with a full-time onsite school nurse. 44 schools have part-time staff, but 46 school, or about 20 percent, have no nurse or health technician on site. 

How many Partnerships does the District have?
Partners In Education has more than 3,400 active partnerships in public schools. With 92% of schools reporting, the value of partnerships for the 2011-12 school year exceeded $4.37 million. During this period, more than 7,854 volunteers donated 75,100 hours of service to increase student achievement.

How many volunteers does the District have and how many hours did they contribute?
During the 2014/15 school year, approximately 46,651 adult volunteers logged almost 474,000 hours, representing more than $3.8 million of volunteer work based on the Florida minimum wage of $8.05 per hour. For the 2013/14 school year, a record 6,032,703 hours were logged by high school students. The volunteer work of the high school students represents more than $48.5 million in additional resources provided to the District by the local community.

How many grants and what was the amount awarded to Broward County Public Schools?
For the 2014/15 school year, there were 140 grants awarded to the Broward County School District, totaling more than $155 million. 

How many school buses are used by the District? How many miles are driven every year?
There are 1,249 school buses used by Broward District Schools on daily routes, transporting more than 76,000 students to and from school, and driving more than 18 million miles to 234 locations.

What features are new on District buses?
Since 2001, new buses purchased have been equipped with lap belts. Also, since 2002, new buses purchased are equipped with air conditioning. The District newest buses also have GPS navigation systems.

How many meals did we serve?

For the 2013-14 year, Food and Nutrition Services served more than 36 million meals:

All meals comply with USDA nutrition guidelines. No fried foods are served, and lunches contain less than 30 percent fat.

Tasty tidbits-What are most popular meals?
Broward's students' favorite meals include chicken nuggets, pizza, and chicken patties. 

Here's approximately what was served last school year: