Children And Education
Plans of High School Graduates

Decreasing


High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2018

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 2018, 60% of high school graduates in Lancaster County planned to attend college at either a 2- or 4-year program, a decrease of 3 percentage points from 2008. The Lancaster rate in 2018 was lower than the state rate of 68%, which saw a decrease of 1 percentage point (69% to 68% in that same time period).

Lancaster County's 2- or 4-year college going rate was below all other surrounding counties, but close to Lebanon (61%), Dauphin, and York (both 62%).

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, 2018
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania68%2%28%2%
Lancaster County60%1%35%4%
School District of Lancaster61%2%30%8%
Manheim Central School District3%0%96%0%
Warwick School District67%1%32%0%
Conestoga Valley School District60%0%39%1%
Lampeter-Strasburg School District72%1%25%2%
Columbia Borough School District47%0%46%8%
Hempfield School District71%2%25%3%
Donegal School District55%0%38%7%
Cocalico School District62%0%31%6%
Manheim Township School District77%1%19%2%
Eastern Lancaster County School District40%4%51%6%
Penn Manor School District67%1%28%4%
La Academia Partnership Charter School63%0%37%0%
Ephrata Area School District56%2%36%7%
Pequea Valley School District44%3%48%6%
Elizabethtown Area School District68%4%28%0%
Solanco School District49%2%47%2%
York County62%2%33%2%
Berks County65%2%31%2%
Lebanon County61%3%35%2%
Dauphin County62%3%35%1%
Chester County77%3%19%1%
Cumberland County70%1%28%1%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




Number of High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2018
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania85,0692,67235,5672,438
Lancaster County3,031711,799192
School District of Lancaster4231320754
Manheim Central School District812320
Warwick School District23731111
Conestoga Valley School District19301243
Lampeter-Strasburg School District1862665
Columbia Borough School District420417
Hempfield School District368813113
Donegal School District11908216
Cocalico School District16618416
Manheim Township School District34558611
Eastern Lancaster County School District1011012915
Penn Manor School District254210817
La Academia Partnership Charter School190110
Ephrata Area School District164510520
Pequea Valley School District533577
Elizabethtown Area School District20611831
Solanco School District14771426
York County3,0491191,642102
Berks County3,168861,534107
Lebanon County7853645023
Dauphin County2,205901,23339
Chester County5,5791881,36796
Cumberland County1,5512661018

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




INDICATORS TREND
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 English Not Applicable
Student Performance in Grade 11 Math Decreasing
Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
College Graduation Rates Decreasing
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Violent Crime Rate Maintaining
Incarceration Rate Maintaining
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population Density Increasing
Air Quality Increasing
Water Use Decreasing
Waterways Impaired by Pollution Not Applicable
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People with Disabilities Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Workers by Occupation Not Applicable
Change in Labor Force Maintaining
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Employer Size Not Applicable
Change in Number of Businesses by Sector Increasing
Change in Total Agricultural Sales Increasing
Spending for Local Government Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Working Poor Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Occupied Housing Units Decreasing
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Rent Maintaining
Cost of Renting Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Health Status Maintaining
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Mortality Rates Decreasing
Fatal Drug Overdoses Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Increasing
STEM Graduates Increasing
Science and Engineering Research and Development Maintaining
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Incarceration Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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