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High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2020


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 is our county performing?

In 2020, 59% of high school graduates in Berks County planned to attend college at either a 2- or 4-year program. The Berks' rate in 2020 was slightly lower than the state rate of 60% and in 2008. The state saw a decrease of 9 percentage points (69% to 60% in that same time period).

Wyomissing School District had the highest college-bound rate with 79% of its graduates planning to go to a 2- or 4-year college. In addition to Wyomissing, 70% or more of graduates in the following districts planned to attend college upon graduation: Conrad Weiser, Fleetwood and Daniel Boone. The lowest college-bound rates were in Reading and Tulpehocken Area, where only 34% and 55% 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 (74%), Chester (69%) and Lehigh (65%) counties. Berks had a larger share of college-bound graduates than Schuylkill and Lancaster (both at 57%), and Lebanon (56%) 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, 2020
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania60%2%36%2%
Berks County59%1%38%2%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County69%3%28%1%
Lancaster County57%1%39%3%
Lebanon County56%1%41%2%
Lehigh County65%1%33%1%
Montgomery County74%1%25%1%
Schuylkill County57%2%38%3%
School Districts
Antietam School District66%1%32%0%
Boyertown Area School District68%2%30%1%
Brandywine Heights Area School District66%0%34%0%
Conrad Weiser Area School District70%0%26%3%
Daniel Boone Area School District73%2%25%0%
Exeter Township School District62%2%35%1%
Fleetwood Area School District72%0%28%0%
Governor Mifflin School District67%3%30%0%
Hamburg Area School District57%0%38%5%
Kutztown Area School District64%3%32%1%
Muhlenberg School District63%0%29%8%
Oley Valley School District64%1%34%0%
Reading School District34%1%62%4%
Schuylkill Valley School District67%3%30%0%
Tulpehocken Area School District55%4%40%0%
Twin Valley School District65%0%29%5%
Wilson School District69%0%31%0%
Wyomissing Area School District79%0%20%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
Berks County2,859571,867101
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County4,8951841,97688
Lancaster County2,745591,906145
Lebanon County7641654925
Lehigh County2,602501,31325
Montgomery County5,993512,01572
Schuylkill County7302748940
School Districts
Antietam School District451220
Boyertown Area School District33381465
Brandywine Heights Area School District740380
Conrad Weiser Area School District1551577
Daniel Boone Area School District1895660
Exeter Township School District20251164
Fleetwood Area School District1500580
Governor Mifflin School District2028900
Hamburg Area School District1030709
Kutztown Area School District653331
Muhlenberg School District19308923
Oley Valley School District882470
Reading School District311656636
Schuylkill Valley School District994440
Tulpehocken Area School District665480
Twin Valley School District18018114
Wilson School District1110500
Wyomissing Area School District1270321

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
Antietam School District70%6%22%1%
Boyertown Area School District68%2%26%4%
Brandywine Heights Area School District76%1%21%1%
Conrad Weiser Area School District74%4%19%3%
Daniel Boone Area School District63%0%30%6%
Exeter Township School District0%0%100%0%
Fleetwood Area School District65%3%30%3%
Governor Mifflin School District76%8%16%0%
Hamburg Area School District58%12%29%1%
Kutztown Area School District67%1%30%1%
Muhlenberg School District78%3%16%3%
Oley Valley School District77%1%22%0%
Reading School District56%2%39%3%
Schuylkill Valley School District76%5%16%3%
Tulpehocken Area School District59%6%32%3%
Twin Valley School District80%0%19%0%
Wilson School District72%2%24%2%
Wyomissing Area School District89%0%8%3%

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
Antietam School District696221
Boyertown Area School District3781214422
Brandywine Heights Area School District1071302
Conrad Weiser Area School District1799477
Daniel Boone Area School District15817515
Exeter Township School District003170
Fleetwood Area School District1416656
Governor Mifflin School District23625500
Hamburg Area School District11324571
Kutztown Area School District962432
Muhlenberg School District2057437
Oley Valley School District1121320
Reading School District4041127823
Schuylkill Valley School District1238255
Tulpehocken Area School District697373
Twin Valley School District1891450
Wilson School District1274433
Wyomissing Area School District1310125

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Maintaining
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing