Children And Education
Plans of High School Graduates

Decreasing


High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2020

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 does our county compare?

In 2020, 57% of high school graduates in Lancaster County planned to attend college at either a 2- or 4-year program, a decrease of 6 percentage points from 2008. The Lancaster rate in 2020 was lower than the state rate of 60%, which saw a decrease of 9 percentage points (69% to 60% in that same time period).

Lancaster County's 2- or 4-year college going rate was below other surrounding counties, but close to Berks (59%), Lebanon (56%), and York (57%). Dauphin (49%) was the only county well below Lancaster.

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.

High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2020
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania60%2%36%2%
Lancaster County57%1%39%3%
School District of Lancaster43%2%51%4%
Manheim Central School District59%2%39%0%
Warwick School District61%0%31%8%
Conestoga Valley School District49%0%51%0%
Lampeter-Strasburg School District64%2%23%11%
Columbia Borough School District29%0%67%3%
Hempfield School District67%1%29%4%
Donegal School District62%0%38%0%
Cocalico School District57%0%41%2%
Manheim Township School District74%0%24%2%
Eastern Lancaster County School District48%1%50%0%
Penn Manor School District66%1%31%2%
La Academia Partnership Charter School57%0%43%0%
Ephrata Area School District55%1%39%4%
Pequea Valley School District46%8%42%3%
Elizabethtown Area School District60%3%37%0%
Solanco School District36%1%63%0%
York County57%2%39%2%
Berks County59%1%38%2%
Lebanon County56%1%41%2%
Dauphin County49%3%46%2%
Chester County69%3%28%1%
Cumberland County63%1%35%1%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2020
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania75,0222,40845,5702,228
Lancaster County2,745591,906145
School District of Lancaster2911234627
Manheim Central School District1466960
Warwick School District197010126
Conestoga Valley School District15401610
Lampeter-Strasburg School District15245527
Columbia Borough School District280643
Hempfield School District364415620
Donegal School District1360841
Cocalico School District1130804
Manheim Township School District31001019
Eastern Lancaster County School District11131141
Penn Manor School District25031169
La Academia Partnership Charter School130100
Ephrata Area School District159411413
Pequea Valley School District5410504
Elizabethtown Area School District183101121
Solanco School District8431460
York County2,8971041,963111
Berks County2,859571,867101
Lebanon County7641654925
Dauphin County1,7641031,66356
Chester County4,8951841,97688
Cumberland County1,3761577225

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




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