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High School Graduates by Post-Graduation Plan, 2018


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 is our county performing?

In 2018, 65% of high school graduates in Berks County planned to attend college at either a 2- or 4-year program. The Berks' rate in 2018 was slightly lower than the state rate of 68% and the same as in 2008. The state saw a decrease of 1 percentage point (69% to 68% in that same time period).

Wilson 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 Wilson, 75% or more of graduates in the following districts planned to attend college upon graduation: Wyomissing, Antietam and Daniel Boone Area. The lowest college-bound rates were in Tulpehocken Area, where only 52% 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 (83%), Chester (77%) and Lehigh (71%) counties. Berks had a larger share of college-bound graduates than Schuylkill (62%), Lancaster (60%), and Lebanon (61%) 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, 2018
2 or 4 Year CollegeNon-Degree Granting SchoolOtherSpecialized Associate Degree Program
Pennsylvania68%2%28%2%
Berks County65%2%31%2%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County77%3%19%1%
Lancaster County60%1%35%4%
Lebanon County61%3%35%2%
Lehigh County71%2%26%1%
Montgomery County83%1%16%1%
Schuylkill County62%3%32%3%
School Districts
Antietam School District77%1%21%0%
Boyertown Area School District70%1%27%2%
Brandywine Heights Area School District63%0%34%3%
Conrad Weiser Area School District68%3%25%4%
Daniel Boone Area School District75%2%23%0%
Exeter Township School District70%2%27%1%
Fleetwood Area School District63%1%33%4%
Governor Mifflin School District69%2%28%2%
Hamburg Area School District54%0%40%6%
Kutztown Area School District68%9%23%0%
Muhlenberg School District65%0%32%2%
Oley Valley School District72%8%20%0%
Reading School District55%1%40%4%
Schuylkill Valley School District72%3%21%3%
Tulpehocken Area School District52%4%45%0%
Twin Valley School District65%2%29%4%
Wilson School District83%1%15%1%
Wyomissing Area School District78%1%20%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
Berks County3,168861,534107
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County5,5791881,36796
Lancaster County3,031711,799192
Lebanon County7853645023
Lehigh County2,752781,02140
Montgomery County6,711781,25441
Schuylkill County8123842241
School Districts
Antietam School District651180
Boyertown Area School District378514810
Brandywine Heights Area School District720393
Conrad Weiser Area School District16576210
Daniel Boone Area School District2195680
Exeter Township School District2338902
Fleetwood Area School District1211638
Governor Mifflin School District2256915
Hamburg Area School District9206810
Kutztown Area School District7710260
Muhlenberg School District1730866
Oley Valley School District10311290
Reading School District442532036
Schuylkill Valley School District1054315
Tulpehocken Area School District584500
Twin Valley School District18468211
Wilson School District1411252
Wyomissing Area School District1342341

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
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 Decreasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
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
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch 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
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
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