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The Count On Homeless Students In Schools


October 5, 2017

This spreadsheet shows the count of homeless students enrolled in unified school districts throughout LA County. Enrollment was measured by counting the number of students enrolled in school on a particular day in October.

The data shown was collected by the California Department of Education (CDE) from the individual districts through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and published on the EdData website.

The California Dept of Education defines homelessness as:

Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason

Children and youths who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters, or awaiting foster care placement

Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings

Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

Notes on spreadsheet:

50% of the unified school districts (USDs) in LA County have less than 1% homeless among their student population.

12% of the USDs have less than 10 homeless students.

1 in 4 unified school districts in LA Co have over 5% homeless among their enrollment.

On average, in LA Co, one in every thirty of its students are categorized as homeless. But in Norwalk-La Mirada USD, that number skyrockets to one in every four students.

Even though the SMMUSD has 60% more enrollment than the CCUSD, the most surprising statistic is that Culver City has more homeless students attending its schools than Santa Monica. Even though Santa Monica is noted for its large number of homeless, the CCUSD has 92 homeless students (1.34%) compared to 76 students (.69%) for the SMMUSD.

Were all these 92 students included in our latest Culver City homeless count conducted earlier in the year?


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