May 16 — 11:19 am, 2012

Philadelphia’s pipeline to college

16,000 students entered 9th grade at a District or charter high school in fall 2005. Six years later, here is how they fared:

college going by school

Above is a chart comparing the college enrollment of students who entered a District or charter high school in 2005.

This data is also available via Tableau, a data visualization tool. With Tableau, in the browser you can sort the schools by any data point, such as by school type or by percent of students without a diploma. The bar chart visualization with Tableau also gives you the option to filter by percent of students who enrolled in college, so you can quickly narrow the list of schools. You can also use the download link in the lower righthand corner to download a table of the raw data.

We’re working on presenting and analyzing the data in different ways. Please email any feedback or suggestions on how to make this more useful to you.

Note: Data are for students who were first-time 9th graders in Philadelphia public schools in fall 2005. Data cover the period through fall 2011. Students who transferred to another school system before finishing high school are not counted. Students are attributed to the school where they started 9th grade. Some percentages in the chart above do not add up to 100% due to rounding.

  • No diploma includes students who have dropped out of high school and a small number of students who were still enrolled in 2011, but had not earned a diploma.
  • H.S. diploma, no college includes students who graduated high school but have so far not enrolled in a postsecondary institution tracked by the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Enrolled in college includes students who enrolled in a postsecondary institution by fall 2011.
  • Continued to a 2nd year includes students who enrolled in a postsecondary institution in their first year after graduating high school, and either graduated or enrolled in a postsecondary institution again in their second year after graduating high school. 

Source: School District of Philadelphia, National Student Clearinghouse
Data analysis by Michelle Schmitt

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