2018 District Overview and Data

HuthPhoto-KAH_8447The Conference of Big 5 School Districts represents the city school districts of Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, and Utica.

➢ Our urban school districts enroll 45% of New York State’s public school students. All of our seven districts are experiencing enrollment growth..

➢ 68% of the State’s English Language Learner pupils are educated in our member districts.

➢ 53% of the State’s special education students (ages 5-21) are educated in our city school districts.

➢ 68% of New York State’s prekindergarteners are educated in our school districts.

➢ The percentages of our pupils with extraordinary needs are: Buffalo 87%; NYC 75%; Rochester 89%; Syracuse 83%; Yonkers 74%; Mount Vernon 68%; and Utica 88%.

➢ The Conference’s school districts have high rates of student mobility, homelessness and students living in temporary shelters.

➢ School buildings in our city school districts are older than others in the State and average over 69 years old.

➢ All of our school districts still utilize school buildings built between 1901 and 1920.


Download the 2018 Overview and Data here.