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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total school enrollment in Spokane was 54,830 in 2011. Nursery school and kindergarten enrollment was 5,484 and elementary or high school enrollment was 30,548 children. College or graduate school enrollment was 18,798. As of 2011, 91.6 percent of people 25 years and over had at least graduated from high school and 29.2 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher.

Public elementary and secondary education

The Spokane area's three largest school districts are Spokane Public Schools, Central Valley School District, and Mead School District. Spokane Public Schools (District 81) is the largest public school system in eastern Washington and the second largest in the state, serving over 29,000 students. The Spokane School District has 6 high schools, 6 middle schools, and 34 elementary schools. The Central Valley School District, and Mead School District, serve over 12,600 and over 9,000 students, respectively. Smaller districts in the area include the Cheney School District, Deer Park School District, East Valley School District, Freeman School District, Medical Lake School District, Nine Mile Falls School District, Orchard Prairie School District, Riverside School District, and West Valley School District.

Private education

The area has a number of private elementary and secondary schools. These include parochial schools, schools that meet special needs and those that offer specialist education, such as Montessori schools, or an emphasis on a particular part of the curriculum. Private schools are subject to a state approval process. Examples include the Lilac Blind Foundation, Spokane Guild's School and Neuromuscular Center, the Spokane Art School and St. Thomas More Catholic School.

Libraries

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Spokane Public Library

Residents of Spokane are served by the Spokane Public Library, which comprises a Downtown Library overlooking Spokane Falls and 6 branches throughout the city; in addition, the Spokane County Library District operates 10 branches throughout Spokane County. The Spokane Public Library system was founded in 1904 with funding from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie; the first downtown library building, The Carnegie Building, still stands 5 blocks from the current Downtown library and bears his namesake. Special collections include Northwest history, genealogy, Washington state, and Spokane County government documents.

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