Public school enrollment in Texas has topped 5 million students, and in Galveston County school districts there are about 80,000 students in public schools and charters, according to the latest information from the Texas Education Agency.

The 2012-13 school year was the first time statewide enrollment topped 5 million, according to the education agency.

Enrollment statewide grew by 820,019 students, or more than 19 percent, during the past decade.

For Galveston County, the total enrollment numbers came at 78,923 students in the 2012-13 school year. In 10 years, county schools grew by about 15 percent, according to the state’s data.

The county’s largest school district, Clear Creek, includes parts of Galveston and Harris counties.

The Dickinson school district is the fastest growing school district in the county. The district grew by almost 56 percent from 2002-03 school year, when 6,256 students were enrolled to 9,746 students in the 2012-13 school year.

In that same time period, the Clear Creek school district grew by about 24 percent, and the Hitchcock school district by about 23 percent, the two other fastest growing school districts in the county.

Galveston, La Marque and High Island school districts saw their student enrollment numbers shrink, according to the state’s data.

According to the TEA, about 51 percent of the students statewide are Hispanic, about 30 percent are white, 12.7 percent are African-American, 3.6 percent are Asian and 1.8 percent are multiracial.

In Galveston County, white students represent about 46 percent of the total, while Hispanic students represent 30 percent of the student body. African-Americans make up 14 percent of the student population, Asians are almost 6 percent and students of two or more races make up about 2.5 percent.

By the numbers

• Galveston County public school enrollment 2002-03: 68,493

• Galveston County public school enrollment 2012-13: 78,923

• Texas public school enrollment 2002-03: 4,255,821

• Texas public school enrollment 2012-13: 5,075,840

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