The Mass Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has the student population of all communities listed for the 2015-2016 (current) school year. broken down in a number of ways. Below you will see this information in the various categories by race/gender and what they refer to as selected Population Report (ELL and Special Needs).
Lowell has a total of 14,152 students in the PUBLIC Schools of which
30.7% are Hispanic – 29.3% White – 29.1% Asian – 7.3% African American – 3.1% Multi-Race and .1 Hawaiian and Native American
52.1 % Males 47.9 % Females
3,134 students at LHS of which
32.3% are Asian – 31.4% White – 23.7% Hispanic – 11% African American – .1 Native American – 1.5% Multi-Race
50.9% Male 49.1% Females
Of the 14,152 students –
50.4% or 7.133 are categorized as Economically Disadvantaged – 30% with English NOT being their first language – 25% English Language Learners – 15.5% students with disabilities and 70.2 % being High Needs students
From the DESE Site: This report includes the enrollment by grade for all students in public schools and charter schools in the state. The information is as of October 1st of the school year selected.
High Needs: Calculated based on the number of high needs students, divided by the adjusted enrollment. A student is high needs if he or she is designated as either low income (prior to School Year 2015), economically disadvantaged (starting in School Year 2015), or ELL, or former ELL, or a student with disabilities. A former ELL student is a student not currently an ELL, but had been at some point in the two previous academic years.
Economically Disadvantaged: Calculated based on a student’s participation in one or more of the following state-administered programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); the Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC); the Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) foster care program; and MassHealth (Medicaid).