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High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2017


High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2017

What does this measure?

The self-reported post-graduation plans of high school graduates as reported to the state.

Why is this important?

Higher education is associated with greater earnings and standard of living. Post-graduate plans are also an indirect measure of the educational strength of the region's schools.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, 66% of high school graduates in Berks County planned to attend college at either a 2- or 4-year program. The Berks' rate in 2017 was slightly higher than the state rate of 64% and slightly up from 65% in 2008. The state saw a decrease of 5 percentage points (69% to 64% in that same time period).

Wyomissing Area School District had the highest college-bound rate with 83% of its graduates planning to go to a 2- or 4-year college. In addition to Wyomissing, 75% or more of graduates in the following districts planned to attend college upon graduation: Wilson, Schuylkill Valley and Fleetwood Area. The lowest college-bound rates were in Reading, where only 51% of graduates planned to attend college at a 2- or 4-year institution.

Berks' 2- or 4- year college going rate was below those of Montgomery (80%), Chester (82%) and Lehigh (75%) counties. Berks had a larger share of college-bound graduates than Schuylkill (59%), Lancaster (62%), and Lebanon (59%) counties.

Notes about the data

The plans of a high school graduate may not come to fruition for many reasons, including finances, lack of admission opportunities, or a change of plans between the time of reporting and enrollment. For purposes of the listed reports, a high school graduate is a student who has received a diploma. Students earning high school credentials by obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) diploma are not considered graduates for the purpose of the data as reported by the state of Pennsylvania.

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High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2017
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania64%2%32%2%
Berks County66%2%30%2%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County82%2%15%1%
Lancaster County62%2%32%4%
Lebanon County59%1%36%4%
Lehigh County75%2%22%1%
Montgomery County80%2%17%1%
Schuylkill County59%2%34%5%
School Districts
Boyertown Area School District68%2%29%1%
Reading School District51%2%47%0%
Exeter Township School District70%0%28%2%
Brandywine Heights Area School District73%0%27%1%
Schuylkill Valley School District77%1%19%2%
Fleetwood Area School District76%0%22%2%
Conrad Weiser Area School District73%3%20%4%
Tulpehocken Area School District64%10%27%0%
Governor Mifflin School District62%1%35%1%
Twin Valley School District69%1%27%3%
Hamburg Area School District52%1%36%11%
Daniel Boone Area School District73%4%22%0%
Wilson School District75%2%22%1%
Kutztown Area School District72%1%27%0%
Wyomissing Area School District83%1%14%2%
Antietam School District70%2%22%6%
Muhlenberg School District69%0%28%2%
Oley Valley School District63%3%34%0%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2017
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania80,5842,54639,9322,443
Berks County3,138931,44481
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County5,08212995862
Lancaster County3,151961,610221
Lebanon County7581546649
Lehigh County2,8747085837
Montgomery County7,1101481,52980
Schuylkill County7562942759
School Districts
Boyertown Area School District380111627
Reading School District390183570
Exeter Township School District2231885
Brandywine Heights Area School District900331
Schuylkill Valley School District1132283
Fleetwood Area School District1560455
Conrad Weiser Area School District1506428
Tulpehocken Area School District6710280
Governor Mifflin School District17631004
Twin Valley School District1862729
Hamburg Area School District8816019
Daniel Boone Area School District20212620
Wilson School District1203351
Kutztown Area School District751280
Wyomissing Area School District1372243
Antietam School District441144
Muhlenberg School District2231927
Oley Valley School District834450

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2008
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania69%3%25%3%
Berks County65%3%30%2%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County84%3%12%1%
Lancaster County63%3%30%5%
Lebanon County60%2%34%4%
Lehigh County74%1%24%1%
Montgomery County86%1%11%2%
Schuylkill County63%4%25%8%
School Districts
Hamburg Area School District58%12%29%1%
Daniel Boone Area School District63%0%30%6%
Wilson School District72%2%24%2%
Kutztown Area School District67%1%30%1%
Wyomissing Area School District89%0%8%3%
Antietam School District70%6%22%1%
Muhlenberg School District78%3%16%3%
Oley Valley School District77%1%22%0%
Boyertown Area School District68%2%26%4%
Reading School District56%2%39%3%
Exeter Township School District0%0%100%0%
Brandywine Heights Area School District76%1%21%1%
Schuylkill Valley School District76%5%16%3%
Fleetwood Area School District65%3%30%3%
Conrad Weiser Area School District74%4%19%3%
Tulpehocken Area School District59%6%32%3%
Twin Valley School District80%0%19%0%
Governor Mifflin School District76%8%16%0%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2008
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania89,9503,47332,5854,288
Berks County3,0641371,385107
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,45314962544
Lancaster County3,1131511,486225
Lebanon County8263046448
Lehigh County2,7195086336
Montgomery County6,749117827137
Schuylkill County92263361117
School Districts
Hamburg Area School District11324571
Daniel Boone Area School District15817515
Wilson School District1274433
Kutztown Area School District962432
Wyomissing Area School District1310125
Antietam School District696221
Muhlenberg School District2057437
Oley Valley School District1121320
Boyertown Area School District3781214422
Reading School District4041127823
Exeter Township School District003170
Brandywine Heights Area School District1071302
Schuylkill Valley School District1238255
Fleetwood Area School District1416656
Conrad Weiser Area School District1799477
Tulpehocken Area School District697373
Twin Valley School District1891450
Governor Mifflin School District23625500

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




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