In almost every district in the state, Spanish is the second-most-spoken language among students who were enrolled in the 2014-15 school year. A distant second was Portuguese, followed by Mandarin and Polish.
State law requires each school district to report the dominant language of K-12 students, using a home survey, and the resulting data is reported by the State Department of Education.
We previously looked at the second-most spoken language in every Connecticut neighborhood, which provides a little more geographic definition. Some of the trends are reflected in both maps, like the Polish population surrounding New Britain. But others, like the Albanian student population around Watertown, are not reflected in the neighborhood map.
There are also 50 schools in which English was not the primary language spoken at home. Fifteen of them are in Hartford, five in New Haven, four in Danbury and two each in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Shelton, Southington and Trumbull.