On Thursday, I wrote about the current numbers measuring Idaho’s high school “go-on” rates — and the troubling big-picture trend.
Thursday’s sobering takeaway: More than a year after graduating high school, only 52 percent of the Class of 2013 have enrolled in two- or four-year college. The 2012 number was 54 percent.
Today, let’s take a closer look at the trends and the outliers.
What’s happening in the big districts?
Numbers are flat or declining in Idaho’s 10 largest districts. The breakdown:
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Footnote: The double-digit decreases in Bonneville and Madison may have a lot to do with church missions. Both districts are in Eastern Idaho — where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the prevailing faith. Young church members often complete missions after graduating from high school.
Top 5 (25 or more graduates)
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- Meridian Medical Arts Charter School (39 graduates, 92 percent).
- Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy (53 graduates, 83 percent).
- Meridian Technical Charter (38 graduates, 79 percent).
- Bruneau-Grand View Joint District (25 graduates, 76 percent).
- Cottonwood Joint District (44 graduates, 75 percent).
Footnote: The three charters and Cottonwood’s Prairie High School all scored above the state average on the Scholastic Aptitude Test in 2012-13, with the Coeur d’Alene charter ranking No. 1 in the state. Bruneau-Grand View managed a high go-on rate despite below-average SAT scores: The average score at its Rimrock High School was 1,101, compared to a state average of 1,354.
Bottom 5 (25 or more graduates)
- Kootenai Bridge Academy (79 graduates, 20 percent).
- Canyon-Owyhee School Service Agency (36 graduates, 22 percent).
- Idaho Connects charter school (27 graduates, 26 percent).
- iSucceed Virtual High School (49 graduates, 29 percent).
- Fremont County Joint School District (166 graduates, 30 percent).
Footnote: Kootenai Bridge Academy, Idaho Connects and iSucceed are virtual charter schools. Kootenai and iSucceed received one star in the 2012-13 state five-star ratings; Idaho Connects is a two-star school.
Most students attending four-year college (25 or more graduates)
- Meridian Medical Arts (39 graduates, 77 percent).
- Meridian Technical Charter (38 graduates, 71 percent).
- Cottonwood district (44 graduates, 68 percent).
- Kamiah Joint School District (37 graduates, 62 percent).
- Lapwai School District (26 graduates, 62 percent).
State average: 35 percent.
Footnote: Lapwai, located on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, made this list despite high poverty rates. Nearly 89 percent of students were eligible for free or reduced lunch in 2012-13, ranking second highest in the state. Kamiah also ranked high on the 2012-13 list, with 60 percent of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch.
Most students attending private college (25 or more graduates)
- Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy (53 graduates, 34 percent).
- Liberty Charter School (28 graduates, 29 percent).
- Victory Charter School (26 graduates, 23 percent).
- Butte County Joint School District (35 graduates, 23 percent).
- Madison School District (333 graduates, 22 percent).
State average: 10 percent.
Footnote: Madison is based in Rexburg, home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, a private four-year college owned by the Mormon Church.
Most students attending out-of-state schools (25 or more graduates)
- Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy (53 graduates, 51 percent).
- Fruitland School District (109 graduates, 41 percent).
- West Side School District (48 graduates, 38 percent).
- New Plymouth School District (60 graduates, 30 percent).
- Glenns Ferry School District (34 graduates, 29 percent).
State average: 14 percent.
Footnote: Not surprisingly, several border communities on this list: New Plymouth and Fruitland, on the Idaho-Oregon state line, and Southeast Idaho’s West Side, just a few miles from Utah.
For more data from your school, go to Idaho Ed Trends.