Mar 5, 2024 - Education

More New Orleans students are in private schools than before the pandemic

Data: Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals

More students are enrolled in private schools in New Orleans than before the COVID pandemic started in 2022, according to the American Community Survey.

Why it matters: The number of students enrolled in private schools was higher in nearly every state and D.C. too.

The big picture: 26.1% of students in New Orleans metro were enrolled in private school for the 2022-2023 school year, according to the data.

  • It's up slightly from 25.4% in 2019 and surpasses the national average of 14.8%.

Statewide, 20.9% of students were enrolled in private school from pre-K to 12th grade for the 2022 school year. It's the most amount since 2010.

Caveat: All states and metros are missing data for the 2020-2021 school year.

Change in private school enrollment, 2019 to 2022
Data: Census Bureau; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
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