The demographics of the student population of Berkshire County are changing.

The tables below indicate the student census and demographics among the county's public schools, comparing the current school year against that of the 2009-10 academic year, according to data collected by the state.

The declining trend in student enrollment continues for the county and is ahead of the state average. There are currently 16,841 students attending local public schools as compared to the 17,916 attending in 2009, a decrease of 6 percent. The decrease in that same time period for the statewide student population was less than 1 percent.

Similar to the state is the shift in racial demographics, with growth in the numbers of African-American, Hispanic and Asian students enrolled in local schools.

Currently, school districts in Berkshire County which are most racially mixed -- where less than 90 percent of students are white -- include Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Berkshire Hills Regional School District, Lenox Public Schools, North Adams Public Schools, Pittsfield Public Schools, Savoy, Southern Berkshire Regional School District and Williamstown (Williamstown Elementary).

Also on the rise in Berkshire County are the number of students from low-income family backgrounds and the number of students with disabilities and special needs.

In 2009, there were 11 districts where 25 percent or more students were considered low income. Today, there are 11 districts where 30 percent or more of students are low income; in North Adams Public Schools 60 percent of students are low income.

Currently, six districts have populations where 20 percent of students or more have been diagnosed with a disability. In 2009, only three districts had such figures.

As demographics continue to change, the way students are approached and instructed should also be varied to best meet the needs of students.

Adams-Cheshire

2013-14: 1,390 students

92.9% White

3.7% African American

1.9% Hispanic

0.6% Asian

0.4% ELL

45.3% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

20.3% students with disabilities

2009-10: 1,554 students

94.8% White

2.4% African American

1.3% Hispanic

0.8% Asian

0.2% ELL

40.2% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

15.7% students with disabilities BART Charter Public

2013-14: 326

78.5% White

12.6% African American

5.2% Hispanic

1.5% Asian

0.6% ELL

55.5% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

20.2% students with disabilities

2009-10: 216

91.2% White

4.6% African American

2.8% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

52.3% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

26.4% students with disabilities

Berkshire Hills

2013-14: 1,385

86.1% White

2.1% African American

6.6% Hispanic

1.7% Asian

2.1% ELL

25.1% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

14.5% students with disabilities

2009-10: 1,377

89.6% White

1.5% African American

5.6% Hispanic

0.8% Asian

2.1% ELL

21.9% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

14.5% students with disabilities

Central Berkshire

2013-14: 1,736

92.9% White

0.8% African American

2.6% Hispanic

0.9% Asian

0.4% ELL

33.4% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

13.9% students with disabilities

2009-10: 1,987

93.8% White

0.7% African American

2.0% Hispanic

1.1% Asian

0.1% ELL

26.6% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

15.9% students with disabilities

Clarksburg

2013-14: 178

96.6% White

0.6% African American

0.6% Hispanic

0.6% Asian

0.0% ELL

35.4% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

26.3% students with disabilities

2009-10: 175

98.3% White

0.6% African American

0.6% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

30.3% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

18.9% students with disabilities

Farmington River

2013-14: 130

95.4% White

0.8% African American

0.0% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

37.7% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

13.8% students with disabilities

2009-10: 148

89.9% White

0.7% African American

2.0% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

29.7% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

16.9% students with disabilities

Florida (Gabriel Abbott)

2013-14: 95

91.6% White

2.1% African American

1.1% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

54.7% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

26.3% students with disabilities

2009-10: 115

95.7% White

1.7% African American

0.9% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

43.5% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

23.5% students with disabilities

Hancock

2013-14: 45

97.8% White

2.2% African American

0.0% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

0.0% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

9.6% students with disabilities

2009-10: 41

95.1% White

2.4% African American

2.4% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

12.2% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

9.8% students with disabilities

Lanesborough

2013-14: 205

93.2% White

0.0% African American

1.5% Hispanic

2.4% Asian

0.0% ELL

26.3% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

20.0% students with disabilities

2009-10: 270

94.4% White

0.7% African American

0.7% Hispanic

1.5% Asian

0.7% ELL

14.4% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

16.7% students with disabilities

Lee

2013-14: 720

97.1% White

0.4% African American

6.9% Hispanic

2.8% Asian

2.2% ELL

38.1% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

11.4% students with disabilities

2009-10: 839

87.4% White

0.8% African American

7.6% Hispanic

2.7% Asian

2.1% ELL

32.8% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

12.7% students with disabilities

Lenox

2013-14: 753

88.8% White

0.3% African American

4.6% Hispanic

3.9% Asian

1.6% ELL

20.2% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

9.8% students with disabilities

2009-10: 829

91.2% White

0.6% African American

3.1% Hispanic

3.1% Asian

0.8% ELL

11.5% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

10.0% students with disabilities

North Adams

2013-14: 1,528

84.3% White

3.1% African American

4.7% Hispanic

0.6% Asian

0.6% ELL

60.6% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

26.0% students with disabilities

2009-10: 1,612

84.7% White

3.6% African American

5.6% Hispanic

0.6% Asian

1.7% ELL

57.5% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

24.6% students with disabilities

Mount Greylock

2013-14: 581

91.4 % White

1.2 % African American

2.6 % Hispanic

1.4 % Asian

0.9 % ELL

18.4 % low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

11.0 % students with disabilities

2009-10: 641

88.9 % White

2.2 % African American

3.1 % Hispanic

2.0 % Asian

0.3 % ELL

12.6 % low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

14.5 % students with disabilities

Northern Berkshire Vocational (McCann Tech)

2013-14: 505

95.8% White

1.0% African American

2.0% Hispanic

0.4% Asian

0.0% ELL

37.6% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

14.3% students with disabilities

2009-10: 500

94.0% White

0.8% African American

2.8% Hispanic

0.6% Asian

0.0% ELL

38.2% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

17.4% students with disabilities

Pittsfield

2013-14: 5,879

72.0% White

11.0% African American

8.9% Hispanic

1.4% Asian

4.0% ELL

55.7% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

17.8% students with disabilities

2009-10: 6,072

76.3% White

10.5% African American

7.9% Hispanic

1.5% Asian

3.8% ELL

49.7% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

16.3% students with disabilities

Richmond Consolidated

2013-14: 150

91.3% White

2.0% African American

2.0% Hispanic

2.7% Asian

0.0% ELL

20.7% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

8.6% students with disabilities

2009-10: 172

94.2% White

0.6% African American

2.3% Hispanic

2.3% Asian

0.0% ELL

16.3% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

8.7% students with disabilities

Savoy (Emma L. Miller)

2013-14: 36

88.9% White

2.8% African American

5.6% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

38.9% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

16.7% students with disabilities

2009-10: 42

83.3% White

2.4% African American

4.8% Hispanic

0.0% Asian

0.0% ELL

33.3% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

4.8% students with disabilities

Southern Berkshire

2013-14: 760

88.9% White

0.9% African American

4.3% Hispanic

0.1% Asian

1.1% ELL

13.9% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

18.6% students with disabilities

2009-10: 900

90.0% White

1.3% African American

3.4% Hispanic

0.8% Asian

0.4% ELL

20.7% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

15.5% students with disabilities

Williamstown Elementary

2013-14: 439

79.7% White

0.5% African American

7.1% Hispanic

3.6% Asian

1.4% ELL

13.4% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

12.0% students with disabilities

2009-10: 426

86.6% White

1.2% African American

4.9% Hispanic

2.8% Asian

2.1% ELL

10.8% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

10.8% students with disabilities

Massachusetts (statewide)

2013-14: 955,739

64.9% White

8.7% African American

17.0% Hispanic

6.1% Asian

7.9% ELL

38.3% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

17.0% students with disabilities

2009-10: 957,053

69.1% White

8.2% African American

14.8% Hispanic

5.3% Asian

6.2% ELL

32.9% low-income (on free and reduced lunch)

17.0% students with disabilities