Unfortunately, there is no pre-compiled resource in the public domain that fully answers your question. However, we've used the available data to pull together key findings that social-emotional learning has been a big investment for U.S. schools with over $640 million total being spent per year. Of that, high schools spend $160 million per year.
Below you'll find an outline of our research methodology to better understand why the information you've requested is publicly unavailable, as well as a deep dive into our findings.
We performed an extensive search of the public domain including publicly available market research reports, news articles, government databases, and industry publications/blogs.
According to Transforming Education, the social-emotional learning amount spent in the United States is a huge number. The company indicated that over $640 million is being spent. The portion of that being spent on public high schools is $160 million, which equates to about $13 per student on SEL products. In addition, figures indicate that teachers spend about 5.5 hours per week at the high school on SEL for a total of another $20-$46 billion being spent by teachers on SEL (in public schools as a whole, not just high schools). This fact did indicate that 70% of this was at the elementary level.
The Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) originally partnered with eight districts in the United States to offer SEL services to its students. They have since expanded to ten. According to The Atlantic, some include Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Nashville, Tennessee; Oakland, California; Anchorage, Alaska; and Washoe County, Nevada, Atlanta, Georgia; and El Paso, Texas. Each of these school districts is receiving $1.6 million from the NoVo Foundation in a 6-year period to provide SEL services. The source indicated there were also several smaller districts participating as well to provide services to over one million children.
CASEL also has Partnerships for SEL Initiatives (PSELI). These include Tacoma, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Dallas, Texas; Palm Beach, Florida; and Boston, Massachusetts. The Wallace Foundation is providing each of those districts with grants from $1 million to $1.5 million to promote and provide SEL activities to each of the district's students.
While CASEL is a private company and information on any revenue is publicly unavailable, we were able to locate its sponsor foundations. Many of these provide funding to schools for promoting SEL.
1) 1440 Foundation
2) S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation
3) Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
4) Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
5) Institute of Education Sciences
6) McCormick Foundation
7) NoVo Foundation
8) Overdeck Family Foundation
9) Pure Edge, Inc.
10) Raikes Foundation
11) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
12) Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
13) The Spencer Foundation
14) Stuart Foundation
15) The Wallace Foundation
Teachers at the high school level are engaged in about 3.5 hours of in-classroom time and 2.0 outside the classroom on SEL. The range of $20-$46 billion per year is calculated via different methods which include averaging out the teacher salary and the number of hours they spent on SEL which comes to between $20-$27 billion and the amount spent on both classroom instruction and classroom resources which comes to between $33 and $46 billion.
Data on exact spending for SEL in public schools was publicly unavailable, but we were able to locate spending criteria for all U.S. public schools. According to the NCES income and expenditures report it does list other services and while that does include all services and the amount totals over $8 billion, it is broken out by each state's expenditures. New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Florida had the greatest amount of expenditures to these other services.
Additionally, Edutopia provided an article on SEL funding for schools. It discussed how a great portion of the funding for SEL comes from the school district's local taxes. The article discusses several school districts and how much funding they raised to put towards SEL programs.
1) Lyndhurst, Ohio- Increased local taxes and raised $4.5 million to support educational programs over a three-year period.
2) The Boston Public Health Commission project raised $1 million to assist with funding of Open Circle in 23 Boston public schools.
3) The Illinois state board of education set forth K-12 SEL standards which helped secure $3 million in appropriations to put towards funding initiatives for the program.
Despite the limited capabilities of publicly available information on the percentage of U.S. public high schools that spend money on social-emotional learning programs, we've identified several of the districts that partner with CASEL and other foundations that provide SEL services with grants or other raised capital. These schools include Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Nashville, Tennessee; Oakland, California; Anchorage, Alaska; and Washoe County, Nevada, Atlanta, Georgia; El Paso, Texas; Tacoma, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Dallas, Texas; Palm Beach, Florida; and Boston, Massachusetts.