Curious about how your local school would look if every kid in the neighborhood went there? Check out this chart that the helpful folks at San Diego Unified put together for me. It shows how many public school students live in the attendance zone for each school and how many go to each school.

I used this data to compare the racial makeup of schools now, when families have a slew of choices about where to send their kids to school, versus what they would look like if everyone just went to school in their neighborhood. That tells you how much the school does or doesn’t reflect the neighborhood. In my article today, I found that school choice has helped integrate some schools along racial lines, but ended up segregating other schools more deeply.

There are tons more patterns to check out here, though. For instance, you can compare enrollment numbers to see which schools are drawing more students to the neighborhood and which are losing students to elsewhere. Notice something else intriguing? Please shoot me an email or post it here on the blog!

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Emily Alpert was formerly the education reporter for Voice of San Diego.

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