More than 2 in 3 Stamford elementary students are minorities

This year’s enrollment report for the city’s public schools, which was made available today, reveals that for the first time in Stamford Public Schools history, fewer than 1 in 3 elementary school students are white.

Across the grade levels, Stamford’s schools teach a student body where 65 percent of the 15,941 students are minorities and 35 percent are white, but the city’s youngest students are adding more diversity to the school system as young families continue to change the city’s demographic makeup. While the city’s high schools have a student body where 23.1 percent of students are black, 6.7 percent are Asian, 32.8 are Hispanic and 37.3 percent are white, the elementary schools’ student bodies have more Hispanic students than white students.

The city’s elementary schools have a student body where 0.1 percent (four students) identify as Native American, 18 percent identify as Black, 11.1 percent identify as Asian, 38.6 percent identify as Hispanic and 32.2 percent identify as White.

This is the second year in a row that the white population has been eclipsed by the Hispanic population at the elementary school level. The scales tipped between October 2010, when the elementary schools’ enrollment showed 35.1 percent of the population was Hispanic and 35.6 percent was White, and October, 2011 when 36.3 percent of the population was Hispanic and 34 percent was white.

While the student body as a whole increased by 264 students this year over last (you can read all about that in Sunday’s Advocate, by the way), the Hispanic population grew at a much greater rate than others this year. When comparing this year to last, the district gained one Native American student, 80 Asian students and 356 Hispanic students; at the same time, the district lost 18 Black students and 140 white students.

Check out the breakdown in the elementary schools:

Maggie Gordon